10/12/2007 - Balanced Passenger Growth at Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, FL. – For the month of August, Orlando International Airport (MCO) recorded a 13.03% increase in passenger traffic over this time last year. The increase was balanced as domestic travel numbers improved by 13.02% and international passenger numbers increased by 13.11% This was the strongest month for growth at MCO since April of 2005.
A number of factors weighed into the strong August numbers. One of the main reasons for the double digit growth was a 7.7% increase in the number of seats scheduled by the airlines. Southwest Airlines added 3000 seats per day to its MCO schedule. AirTran Airways added 2000 seats per day. While JetBlue Airways increased its seat capacity by 760 seats per day and Continental Airlines added approximately 600 seats per day. Other reasons for the increase can be attributed to international passenger traffic returning, following changes to international travel rules and regulations. Plus, the weakness of the U.S. dollar on international markets makes Orlando a more financially attractive option for global travelers.
Over 3.1 million travelers used Orlando International Airport as their gateway to the world in August (3,177,234). Overall operations at Orlando Executive Airport decreased 37.46% for the month.
Orlando International Airport, the busiest passenger airport in Florida with nearly 35 million passengers annually, is also the best large airport in customer service according to a 2007 Airport Revenue News Magazine survey.
For more information, contact, Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.
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