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.
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 832,796 travelers
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA 281,056 travelers
San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA 231,271 travelers
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 231,265 travelers
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 210,911 travelers
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 178,786 travelers
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 138,031 travelers
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 129,675 travelers
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 116,088 travelers
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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