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1/13/2012 - "Floridian of the Year" Helps Boost International Numbers for November at Orlando International Airport


ORLANDO, FL. The South American country of Brazil was named the "Floridian of the Year" for 2011 by Florida Trend Magazine. With two daily non-stop flights to Sao Paulo, Brazil from Orlando International Airport (MCO), generating some $280 million for the local economy annually, the robust Brazilian economy has not only made Florida the number one United States destination for Brazilian tourists, it has also stimulated international traffic for MCO. Based in part on the strong Brazilian numbers, a 3 percent increase in international traffic helped offset a slight decline in domestic traffic for the month at MCO.

"Based on November numbers, on a rolling 12-month basis, Brazilian traffic has increased by 41 percent at Orlando International Airport. Approximately 203,552 Brazilian passengers can be directly attributed to TAM Airlines' twice-daily non-stop flights from MCO to Sao Paulo. Fueled by Brazilian numbers, we should be able to break another international travel record at Orlando International for 2011 ," says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

November Statistical Data:

  • International traffic increased 3.27 percent in November with 261 ,924 travelers.
  • Domestic traffic decreased 1.67 percent with 2.56 million travelers in November.
  • Overall traffic fell 1.23 percent for the month with 2.8 million travelers moving through MCO
  • Y-T-D overall traffic is up 1.6 percent with 32,390,723 passengers
  • Airlines increased service to MCO by adding 62 additional flights per week to destinations including Minneapolis, Denver and Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas.

For calendar year 2010, international passengers accounted for approximately 10 percent of total MCO traffic.


For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell or Rod Johnson in the Office of Public Affairs at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.


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