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9/19/2007 - Passenger Traffic Up 5.5% in July at Orlando International Airport Pushing Expectations for Record 2007

Orlando, Fl. --Passenger traffic at Orlando International Airport increased 5.5 percent in July compared to the same month in 2006 which is above the national average. The total passengers using the airport for the month was 3.3 million. By comparison, arriving passenger traffic was up 4.9 percent in Orlando compared to 3.7 for the United States. International activity was up 6.8 percent over the same period in the previous year.

Significantly, in a recent airline traffic update at this month’s Board meeting, it was reported that OIA has more domestic business class seat capacity than any other airport in Florida with more than 3,000 daily business seats to 49 destinations. This reflects a trend in growing business travel in the region. Orlando International has more domestic service than any other airport in Florida.

The increase in traffic for the month reflects a combination of increased service of 52 flights per week in July to destinations including Pittsburg, Dallas, Louisville, Baltimore, Nassau, Grand Cayman and Birmingham. Also of note is the increase in seat capacity added by airlines during the summer months of 7.2 percent when compared to the same three months in the previous year.

With anticipated passenger increases on new international services starting this Fall by Lufthansa Airlines with service to Frankfurt, Aer Lingus with service to Dublin and increased service by Copa to Panama City, increased international passenger service will boost global connections for the Central Florida economy. It is anticipated that traffic by the end of the year may total more than 36 million annual passengers.


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


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