A Southwest passenger jet sits at a terminal at Portland International Jetport in this BDN file photo. The airline saw more than 304,000 passengers through the Portland International Jetport in 2018, contributing to a record year for the jetport.

Portland International Jetport has set a new passenger record for the third straight year, facility officials announced Friday morning.

The jetport’s release of its final passenger count for 2018 formalized a record that was informally announced in December, when the facility crossed the 2-million-passenger mark for the first time ever.

The jetport saw more than 2.13 million passengers in the calendar year, according to the final tally. That tops the previous record, set in 2017, of more than 1.86 million.

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Airport Director Paul Bradbury called 2018 “a tremendous year for the jetport” in a statement released Friday morning.

“Fourteen percent growth on our all-time record speaks to the strength of the market we serve,” he said. “Portland is a very popular destination and is further assisted by the overall strength of the Maine market.”

Jetport officials attributed the continued growth in part to the addition of Frontier Airlines service to five locations, American Airlines’ addition of a summer route to Chicago and the use of larger aircraft by four major airlines flying out of Portland.

The busiest airline for Portland in 2018 was American, with more than 606,000 passengers through the jetport, followed by Delta with nearly 540,000 and United with just less than 429,000.

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Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.