Arizona RepublicPublished 9:00 AM EDT Jun 30, 2020After an abysmal April as a result of journey restrictions associated to the COVID-19 pandemic, Phoenix Sky Harbor Worldwide Airport employees now have information to show what they suspected anecdotally: May noticed a big rebound in passenger visitors at Phoenix’s largest airport.Sky Harbor served 584,283 passengers in May. That is greater than double the variety of passengers throughout the peak of journey restrictions in April when simply 282,243 passengers flew by way of the airport. Actual passenger information for the airport sometimes runs a month behind, so figures for May had been simply launched this week. June numbers won’t be launched till late July. “Whereas June numbers aren’t going to be accessible for a number of extra weeks, we now have seen extra will increase in passenger visitors from May,” spokeswoman Heather Shelbrack stated when reached by electronic mail.Airport employees is optimistic in regards to the figures. Already, the airport’s largest service, American Airways, has added some Sky Harbor flights in July. “We anticipate this to proceed, particularly across the July 4th vacation and as extra individuals choose to take their summer season holidays,” Shelbrack stated.Extra: Touring restrictions: These states are requiring quarantine or limiting travelTraffic nonetheless sharply down from 2019Nonetheless, for an airport that noticed 46 million passengers in 2019, these figures are nowhere close to regular for this time of yr. In May 2019, Sky Harbor welcomed 3.9 passengers by way of its gates, placing the general lower at 85.2% yr over yr. The slowdown has affected providers on the airport. The Park and Stroll lot (previously the West Economic system lot) is briefly closed. Most eating places earlier than safety are closed as a result of an absence of demand.Even on the opposite facet of safety, many retailers and eating places are closed or working diminished schedules because of the drop in enterprise. Should you’re planning to journey by way of Sky Harbor this summer season, be sure to test the airport’s web site for the newest details about the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic in your journey and the facilities accessible. You possibly can join with Arizona Republic Shopper Journey Reporter Melissa Yeager at [email protected] You too can observe her on Twitter and Instagram.