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9/20/2005 - Balanced July Passenger Growth at Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO, FL. The upward trend in passenger traffic at Orlando International Airport continued in July. Domestic and international traffic increased nearly six percent with over three million (3,069,090) passengers arriving and departing.

We are encouraged by the positive numbers we continue to see so far this year. This months overall growth rate reflects a balanced six percent increase in domestic and five percent increase in international visitors. These balanced numbers enable us to better plan for the future and explore new ways to enhance customer service and operational efficiencies, says C.W. Bill Jennings, Executive Director for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

A portion of the controlled growth can be attributed to two airlines, JetBlue and AirTran Airways. AirTran added 21 flights in July to Atlanta and Chicago. JetBlue added 13 new flights to New York City.

The amount of cargo moved through Orlando International Airport also experienced a slight increase in July up one percent over this period last year. Total operations at Orlando Executive Airport dipped slightly by a little more than two (2.35) percent.

So far this calendar year, Orlando International Airport has over 19.4 million domestic and 1.3 million international travelers, which represents an 8.4 percent increase over this period last year. Orlando International is the busiest airport in Florida with over 31.1 million passengers in 2004 and is number one in North America for customer service according to a recent J.D. Power and Associates survey.


For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.



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