KANSAS CITY, MO., November 25, 2008 ? Kansas City International Airport (KCI) recorded 861,470 passengers arriving and departing through its gates in October, which represents a decrease of 13.5 percent from October 2007. Passenger boardings at KCI were down 14.5 percent, totaling 439,986 during October. For the year to date, boardings at KCI totaled 4,606,798, a decrease of 6.0 percent from the same period last year.
The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures in October was 202. Service was offered to 50 nonstop markets. There was an average of 39,302 arriving and departing seats available in the market each day, down 20.2 percent from October 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.
?Though the current passenger decline is similar to national trends, the future for growth at KCI is bright,? said Director of Aviation Mark VanLoh. ?While carriers across the nation are downsizing their capacity we are encouraged by Southwest?s recent entry into the Kansas City ? Ft. Lauderdale market and Delta Air Lines? decision to inaugurate nonstop service from KCI to both New York?s JFK and LaGuardia airports in 2009.?
KCI air cargo tonnages, which consist of freight and mail, were down 12.8 percent in October. For the year to date, air cargo at KCI is down 9.3 percent from the same period last year. Air freight handled at KCI during the month surpassed 20 million pounds, which represents a year over year decrease of 12.0 percent. This decrease reflects a national shift from air to truck transport. Air mail for October exceeded 1.1 million pounds, down 24.6 percent from October 2007. The all-cargo carriers reported six daily departures for October.
KCI?s Ground Transportation Index in October recorded 20.2 million pounds processed at the airport. October 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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