9/12/2012 - Challenging July Traffic Numbers at Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, FL. -The month of July is traditionally one of the busiest at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and during July 2012 over 3.1 million travelers moved through MCO. However the 3.1 million is about 3 percent lower than the previous year, which is about 95 thousand fewer passengers, or the equivalent of approximately less than one day of July traffic at Orlando International Airport. While July traffic was off, overall year-to-date traffic remains steady compared to last year.
Contributing to the decline were numerous possible factors including:
- A reduction in seat capacity by a number of airlines
- An increase in business travelers driving to avoid higher aviation ticket costs as cited by a recent article in USA Today showing more business travelers, with 500 miles or less to commute, resorting to driving to save money
July Statistical Data:
- Domestic traffic declined 3. 77 percent in July with 2,824,322 passengers
- International traffic increased 3.59 percent with 348,813 travelers in July
- Overall traffic fell by 3.02 percent for the month with 3,173,135 total passengers
- YTD international traffic is up nearly 11 percent with 1 0.97 more passengers over last year's record number
- Operations at Orlando Executive Airport increased 5.17 percent for July
Orlando International Airport has more domestic non-stop service than any other airport in the state and starting October 11th Alaska Airlines will begin Florida's only non-stop service to San Diego, California five days a week. This is Orlando International's largest un-served market in the country. Also, beginning October 29th, TAM Airlines starts daily, non-stop service to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - MCO's largest un-served international market.
For more information contact Carolyn Fennell or Rod Johnson in the Office of Public Affairs at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.
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