ORLANDO, FL. – The 2007-2008 fiscal year, which ended September 30th at Orlando International Airport, showed a 2.2 percent increase in passengers. For the year a total of 36.5 million passengers moved through Orlando International. The increase comes even with three months of declines including September traffic reductions of 12.8 percent.
Statistical Facts for Fiscal Year 07-08:
- International traffic increased 21.2 percent with 2.6 million international passengers
- Domestic traffic increased one percent
- Total aircraft operations were reduced by 1.3 percent
Statistical Facts for September:
- International traffic increased 18.7 percent
- 2.1 million passengers in September
- Domestic traffic declined 14.7 percent
Underscoring the importance of international travel to the Central Florida region, new and expanded international flights are coming to Orlando International starting in October.
- TAM Airlines starts daily service to Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 21st with an A330/200 (213 seats)
- JetBlue starts daily service to Bogota, Colombia on January 29th with an A320 (150 seats)
- WestJet starts weekly seasonal service to Ontario, Canada on February 17th with a B737/700 (136 seats)
- Lufthansa increases service to Frankfurt, Germany adding two daily flights bringing the total service to seven days a week starting October 26th. Lufthansa is also upgrading from an A330/300 (221 seats) to an A340/600 (345 seats) increasing its seat capacity by 80 percent compared to last winter.
- Copa Airlines is increasing service to Panama City by one flight a week bringing the total to 13 flights a week from MCO on November 30th and upgrading seven flights from a B737/700 (124 seats ) to a B737/800 (155 seats).
- Air Canada is increasing service to Toronto by 14 flights a week bringing the total to 28 per week starting on December 18th with an A319 (120 seats) switching to an A320 (140 seats) and an A321 (166 seats).
- Mexicana starts daily service to Mexico City on December 1st with an A320 (150 seats)
- AeroMexico increases service to Mexico City by two flights a week bringing the total number of flights to 10 per week. That is a 15 percent increase in seats compared to last November.
- British Airways increases service to London/Gatwick by three flights a week bringing the number of operations to 10 per week on March 29th with a B777 (282 seats).
- JetBlue starts daily service to Nassau, Bahamas on February 1st with an E190 (100 seats)
While there have been capacity cuts by some airlines, there are still sufficient seats to accommodate last year’s passenger traffic volume at Orlando International.
Florida Monthly Magazine has named Orlando International Airport the best airport in Florida for the fourth consecutive year.
For more information contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.
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