2/10/2006 - Another Record Year for Passenger Traffic at Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, FL. More than 34.1 million passengers (34,128,048) traveled through Orlando International Airport in 2005, up 8.36%. That total is a new record. The busiest airport in Florida grew even busier surpassing the previous record of 31.1 million travelers recorded in 2004.
Last year, 2005 was a challenging year for the airline industry as a whole, which makes the news of our record year even more significant. Receiving and processing approximately three million additional passengers is not only good news for us, it is good news for our partner airlines, concessions operators and for all of Central Florida, says Steve Gardner, Interim Executive Director for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
Contributing to the growth was a 10% increase (9.98) in international traffic which totaled 2.2 million passengers for the year. In December, more than half of all new service was destined for international markets, including Ottawa, Mexico City and Panama City.
Orlando International also out performed industry travel trends. According to Airports Council International, (ACI) global air passenger traffic climbed by 5% in 2005.
Total operations at Orlando Executive Airport increased a fraction of a percent, up 0.26% to 157,501 flight operations in 2005.
For the month of December, Orlando International Airport had an increase of 5.14% with 2.8 million passengers. (2,867,877)
With this latest report Orlando International remains the busiest airport in passenger service in Florida.
For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.
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