ORLANDO, FL. – The addition of Lufthansa, Copa and Aer Lingus air service increased the number of international visitors coming to the Central Florida region in November using Orlando International Airport (MCO) as their gateway. There was a 27.8 percent increase in international traffic as compared to 2006, bringing the total number of international arrivals and departures up to 211,468 for the month.
Along with an increase in international flights, Orlando International Airport also welcomed an increase in domestic flights during this month, which begins the holiday travel season. Domestic traffic climbed nearly 8 percent to 2.7 million (2,783,232) in November. That increase brings the total number of travelers to nearly 3 million (2,994,700) for the month, reflecting an overall 9.1% increase over
the same time period in 2006.
In total, there were 120 new flights into Orlando in November. Airlines added or started service to cities including, New York, Buffalo, Toronto, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Denver, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, San Juan, San Diego, Newark, Montego Bay, Charlotte, Boston, Amsterdam, Washington DC, Ottawa and Pittsburgh.
Orlando International Airport is the busiest passenger airport in Florida with nearly 36 million passengers annually. MCO is also ranked as the best large airport in the country for on-time airline arrival performance for 2007 according to FlightStats, a leading worldwide flight performance information service.
For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.
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