ORLANDO, FL. – International passenger traffic at Orlando International Airport (MCO), increased 26.7 percent in January when compared to the same month in 2007. The rise in international travelers can be attributed to a number of factors, including an increase in international service offerings over the prior year, particularly the addition of new flights from Frankfurt, Germany, Lufthansa’s global hub and Dublin, Ireland, the Aer Lingus hub, providing another access point to Europe. Also the strength in international currencies, including the Euro and the continued appeal of Central Florida as a world-class travel destination contributed to this growth.
The impact of additional international service not only results in increased traffic numbers at MCO, it also has a direct and indirect impact on the economic vitality of Orange County and Central Florida. For example, the combination of international flights by Lufthansa and Aer Lingus brings approximately 109 million dollars in direct and indirect economic impact to Central Florida annually.
Overall passenger volume for January climbed six and a half percent (6.53) with over three million passengers at MCO (3,035,159). Domestic travel also climbed nearly five and a quarter percent (5.21) over 2007. Served by 64 carriers in 2007, Orlando now has non-stop service to 88 cities in the United States and 18 international destinations.
Orlando International Airport is now ranked as one of the most wired airports in the world with the availability and ease of access to complimentary “Wi-Fi” services according to Forbes Magazine.
For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.
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