ORLANDO, FL. - Traffic figures for 2004 broke all records at Orlando International Airport. Over 31.1 million passengers used the airport as their gateway to the world, up 14% from 2003. That increase in travelers gives Orlando International Airport the distinction of being the busiest airport in Florida.
"This increase of almost 4 million passengers reflects the strong growth we have seen in tourism and business travel to Central Florida. This escalation in travelers is also indicative of the emphasis placed by the airlines to offer more flights from our award winning facility," said C.W. Jennings, Executive Director for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
The higher travel numbers can be partially attributed to an increase in service from carriers like Delta Connection/Chautauqua, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Sun Country and Independence Air, which combined added 152 flights in December to and from Orlando International Airport.
Total operations at Orlando Executive Airport declined 6.4% for 2004 to 156,937 flights.
In the month of December, Orlando International Airport saw double digit growth in passenger traffic with nearly 13% more (2.7 million) total travelers than December 2003.
For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.
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