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7/01/2005 - Upward Swing in Passenger Traffic Continued in May at Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO, FL. Passenger traffic at Floridas busiest airport, Orlando International, reflected 7.6 percent growth in May compared to the same time in 2004. Orlando International Airport accommodated a total of 2.8 million (2,889,187) passengers.

Our international traffic continues to reflect the business and tourism strength of Central Florida. For the month of May we saw nearly 175,000 international visitors, almost a ten percent (9.76%) increase in travelers using MCO as a point-of-entry to the U.S. compared to 2004, says C. W. Bill Jennings, Executive Director for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

The amount of international cargo transported through the airport increased a substantial 29.23 percent. Domestic cargo moved through Orlando International Airport fell slightly in May, down .56 percent.

Aircraft operations at Orlando Executive Airport, for the month of May, declined eight and a half percent from last years figures with 64,883 flights.

For the first five months of 2005 Orlando International Airport has accommodated 14.6 million passengers. That is a nine and a half percent increase over the same period of 2004. Last year, Orlando International became the busiest airport in Florida with over 31.1 million travelers. Orlando International Airport recently was ranked the number one airport in North America for customer service according to J.D. Power and Associates and number two in the world behind only Hong Kong.


For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.


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