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Top 10 US Metros with Remarkable Surges in International Air Travelers Post-COVID-19

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

In early 2020, when COVID-19 struck the US, there was a significant decline in international air travel. However, this decline did not halt international travel indefinitely. Now, we are curious about the Metro Areas that have seen the highest number of international travelers passing through their airports over the past three years. Specifically, we would like to explore the top 10 Metro Areas that experienced the most substantial increase in international air traveler numbers from April 2020 to April 2023.

  1. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 832,796 travelers

  2. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA 281,056 travelers

  3. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA 231,271 travelers

  4. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 231,265 travelers

  5. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 210,911 travelers

  6. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 178,786 travelers

  7. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 138,031 travelers

  8. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 129,675 travelers

  9. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 116,088 travelers

  10. Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 116,009 travelers

The above Metro Areas are likely to rank high on the list due to their already established status as well-known destinations for international travelers. Now, let's shift our focus to smaller metros with populations under 2,000,000. We are interested in discovering which of these smaller areas have experienced the most rapid increase in international air travelers during the same period. Below is the top 5 metros meeting the criteria.

1.San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 231,265 travelers

2.Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 116,009 travelers

3.Boulder, CO 92,729 travelers

4.Toledo, OH 78,763 travelers

5.Ann Arbor, MI 78,761 travelers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA and Providence-Warwick, RI-MA which were included in top 10 of the total ranking made the top 2 of the list for the metros with under 2,000,000 population.

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