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11/1/2006 - Orlando International Airport Maintains Passenger Growth in August

ORLANDO, FL. - Changes in national security screening procedures in August did not stop the increasing volume of passengers from traveling to and from Orlando International Airport (MCO). MCO recorded a healthy gain in passenger volume with over 2.8 million passengers (2,811,034) traveling through the facilities, representing a 3.63 percent increase compared to this time last year.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implemented new security rules banning carry-on liquids, gels, creams and lotions. Staff from all departments of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) helped the TSA implement the rule changes, by divesting travelers before they reached the security checkpoints. Tables and trash cans setup throughout the terminal minimized the confusion and inconvenience for those preparing to fly.

Total operations at Orlando Executive Airport decreased by 2.62 percent compared to August of 2005.

Orlando International Airport is the busiest passenger airport in the state of Florida with over 34.1 million travelers in 2005.

In a recent survey, Orlando International was rated as the favorite airport of American travelers according to TripAdvisor.com, the largest travel related community in the world.


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


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