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5/9/2008 - International Traffic Increases Over 29% for the First Quarter of 2008 at Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO, FL. – For the first three months of 2008, passenger traffic at Orlando International Airport increased 29.3 percent. Compared to March of 2007, the number of international visitors traveling through Orlando International Airport (MCO) increased 34.2 percent. The successful launches of Lufthansa air service to Frankfurt, Germany and of Aer Lingus service to Dublin, Ireland along with service increases to Central America and Mexico contributed to the double digit growth. As a result of the strong demand for more international offerings, Lufthansa is now planning to increase its service to Orlando
International from six days a week to daily service starting in the fall. Aer Lingus has also increased its service to four flights per week.

While the international numbers were positive, Orlando International also recorded increased domestic traffic. For March, domestic travel was up nearly 5 percent (4.8%) compared to a year ago. The number of passengers boarding planes at MCO increased 8.8 percent in March while the airline industry average across the country was down 0.3 percent during the same time period. Total traffic for the month increased nearly seven percent (6.68).

In March over 3.6 million (3,613,948) travelers used Orlando International as their gateway to the world. That is a statistic that is further reflected in the latest Airport’s Council International (ACI) preliminary rankings for 2007 which shows MCO is now the 10th busiest airport in the nation and 20th busiest airport in the world.

Orlando International Airport is ranked as the most on-time airport in the country and 8th most on-time airport in the world according to the latest 2008 survey by ForbesTraveler.com.


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


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