KANSAS CITY, MO., October 15, 2007 ? Kansas City International Airport (KCI) recorded 903,252 passengers arriving and departing through its gates in September, which represents an increase of 7.3 percent from September 2006. Passenger boardings at KCI were up 8.5 percent, totaling 465,906 during September. For the year to date, boardings at KCI totaled 4,385,335, an increase of 8.6 percent from the same period last year.
?September?s seven percent improvement marks the twenty-first consecutive month of traffic growth at KCI,? said Director of Aviation Mark VanLoh. "With a record summer season behind us, the turning leaves are a timely reminder to start planning winter vacations to sunny destinations. With new nonstop service to vacation destinations like Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Los Angeles/Ontario, Miami, New Orleans and Tucson, leisure travel from KCI has never been easier.?
The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for September was 274. Service was offered to 67 nonstop markets. There was an average of 24,838 domestic seats available in the market each day. In addition, there were 482 international seats available in the market on a weekly basis.
KCI air cargo tonnages, which consist of freight and mail, were down 6.8 percent in September. For the year to date, air cargo at KCI is down 3.4 percent from the same period last year. Air freight handled at KCI during the month surpassed 21 million pounds, which represents a year over year decrease of 6.7 percent. Air mail for September exceeded 1.3 million pounds, down 9.5 percent from September 2006. The all-cargo carriers reported eight daily departures for September.
The Kansas City Airport System is an Enterprise Fund Department of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general tax fund revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation or maintenance of the airports in the system. Visit www.flykci.com for more information.