ORLANDO, FL. – Passenger traffic at Orlando International Airport (MCO) hit a new record in 2007. An increase in convention attendees and international traffic contributed to the record year. Nearly 36.5 million travelers (36,478,885) moved through the busiest passenger airport in Florida helping MCO retain that title for the fourth year in a row. The overall number shows a 5.31 percent increase over 2006.
For the year, international traffic increased by nearly 9.5 percent with almost 2.3 million visitors (2,295,938) using MCO from outside the country. Domestic traffic also saw a gain with five percent growth to 34.1 million (34,182,947). The growth in domestic volume can be traced in part to an increase in convention business coming into the Central Florida region. According to the Orange County Convention Center convention attendees increased 3.7 percent in 2007 over the previous year.
A strong December holiday travel month at Orlando International helped to push the annual numbers higher for 2007. For the month, passenger traffic was up 4.9 percent to over three million travelers (3,054,846). Once again, international numbers were a major factor in the increase. International traffic increased by nearly 19 percent in December as compared to the same month in 2006.
Also contributing to the December statistics was new service with 116 additional flights from locations including New York City, Dayton, Chicago, Boston, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Houston, Toronto, Mexico City, San Juan, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Flint, Memphis and Nassau.
Orlando International Airport is now ranked as the best large airport in the country for on-time airline arrival performance in 2007 according to FlightStats, a leading worldwide flight performance information service.
For more information, contract Carolyn Fennell with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.
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