ORLANDO, FL. – Passenger traffic numbers are up over five percent (5.2) at Orlando International Airport (MCO) for the first five months of 2008. Every month this year; over three million travelers have moved through MCO (16,208,248 YTD).
Leading the growth has been an increase in the number of international visitors which was up nearly 17.5 percent for the month of May as compared to last year. To date international traffic at Orlando International is up over 25.5% (25.53) to 1,218,492 YTD.
In this fluid and cyclical market, there are a number of factors that influence these numbers:
- Year-to-date international traffic is up 27.4 % at MCO
- Airline schedule changes are normal, frequent and seasonal
- Changes are stimulated by the economy, individual airline business models as well as the evaluation of the yield of specific markets
- Capacity cuts do not always equate to lower passenger counts
- Orlando is better positioned than many airports because of the diversity of airlines serving the market. The busiest carrier, Southwest Airlines, has a 22.5% market share
- Non-stop service has been impacted to seven markets when compared to June of last year. Those seven markets are secondary markets mainly served by smaller regional jets
- Current capacity reductions are for scheduled service only and not chartered service
- Charter schedules for summer operations include 95 flights for AeroMexico and 12 flights for Air Comet. These flights are in addition to international traffic gains
For more information contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.
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