11/7/2012 - Traditional Seasonal Impacts Combined with Hurricane Sandy Impacts Traffic at Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, FL.- The month of October is historically one of the slowest travel months of the year at Orlando International Airport (MCO). This year, however, the seasonal slowdown was intensified by Hurricane Sandy's impact to the Caribbean and the Northeastern United States. As a result, MCO sustained a 2.2 percent decline in overall traffic for the month.
"October has always been a transitional month for Orlando International Airport. Airlines adjust their seating capacity as we wrap up the traditional peak summer family travel season and prepare for the busy holiday travel months. This year we also had the added challenge of Hurricane Sandy, which impacted seven countries and disrupted air traffic for thousands of travelers," says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
Along with Jamaica, The Bahamas and the Dominican Republic; MCO was particularly impacted by Sandy's devastation to the New York, New Jersey region. The Northeastern portion of the country is the largest area served by Orlando International accounting for nearly 25 percent of MCO's daily traffic to affected airports including Newark (EWR), New York (JFK), New York-Laguardia (LGA), Boston-Logan (BOS), Washington Dulles (lAD), Washington Reagan (DCA), Baltimore-Washington (BWI) and Philadelphia (PHL).
October 2012 Statistical Data:
- Year-to-date overall traffic remains steady with a 0.4 percent reduction over last year with approximately 29.5 million travelers connecting with flights through Orlando International Airport
- Year-to-date international traffic remains strong, on record pace, up 8.6 percent to 3.1 million
- October domestic traffic was down 2.4 percent with 2.4 million travelers
- International travel was off 0.6 percent with 287,245 visitors
- Overall traffic was down 2.2 percent with 2.7 million guests moving through MCO
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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