KANSAS CITY, MO., December 18, 2008 ? Kansas City International Airport (KCI) recorded 737,543 passengers arriving and departing through its gates in November, which represents a decrease of 21.4 percent from November 2007. Passenger boardings at KCI were down 22.0 percent, totaling 376,967 during November. For the year to date, boardings at KCI totaled 4,983,765, a decrease of 7.4 percent from the same period last year.
The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures in November was 204. Service was offered to 50 nonstop markets. There was an average of 39,190 arriving and departing seats available in the market each day, down 21.8 percent from November 2007.
KCI remains on pace to surpass 10 million passengers in 2008. While down from 2007 highs, the remainder of the year should track similar to 2005.
KCI air cargo tonnages, which consist of freight and mail, were down 23.6 percent in November. For the year to date, air cargo at KCI is down 10.6 percent from the same period last year. Air freight handled at KCI during the month surpassed 17 million pounds, which represents a year over year decrease of 23.3 percent. This decrease reflects a national shift from air to truck transport. Air mail for November was down 29.1 percent from November 2007. The all-cargo carriers reported six daily departures for November.
KCI?s Ground Transportation Index in November recorded 20.2 million pounds processed at the airport. November ground tonnages increased by 33 percent over the previous month. The index measures time-definite products carried by ground modes of transport.
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