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1/24/2014 - November Air Travel Slows Across Florida


ORLANDO, FL. - November was a down month for passenger traffic at most major airports across Florida. Orlando International Airport (MCO) also experienced a decline. November marked one of the rare times in 2013 that international traffic also registered a drop from the previous year’s record level. However, year-to-date international traffic remains strong, up nearly 4.7 percent. It should be noted that some industry observers pin part of the overall decline on the lateness of the Thanksgiving holiday and reduced travel time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Service changes of note include: Southwest/AirTran reduced capacity by more than 32,000 seats (down 6.3%) compared to last November.

Other Airlines serving MCO increased capacity by more than 14,000 seats up 1.3%

Those airlines increasing seats at MCO were led by:

  • Spirit (over 11,000 additional seats/up 27.0%)
  • Silver Airways (6,600 additional seats/up 236.8%)
  • US Airways (6,200 additional seats/up 5.0%)
  • United (5,700 additional seats/up 3.7%)
  • Gol (5,300 additional seats/up 100.0%)

November 2013 Travel Statistics:

  • Domestic passenger traffic declined 3.99 percent with 2,419,398 total travelers
  • International passenger traffic decreased 5.26 percent for the month with 289,846 passengers
  • November overall traffic was down 4.13 percent with 2,709,244 travelers at MCO
  • Calendar year-to-date overall traffic is down 1.76 percent with a total of 31,736,495 passengers

TAM Airlines celebrated five years of service at MCO and Taca celebrated four years of scheduled
service at Orlando International Airport in November.


For additional information please 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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