KANSAS CITY, MO., September 17, 2007 ? Kansas City International Airport (KCI) recorded 1,036,724 passengers arriving and departing through its gates in August, which represents an increase of 12.1 percent from August 2006. Passenger boardings at KCI were up 14.2 percent, totaling 532,839 during August. For the year to date, boardings at KCI totaled 3,919,429, an increase of 8.6 percent from the same period last year.
?The record 12.1 percent increase in passenger traffic was driven by low fares, excellent nonstop service and a strong commitment to Kansas City by our airline partners,? said Director of Aviation Mark VanLoh. ?AirTran, Continental and Midwest each recorded enplanement increases exceeding 20 percent. While we expect our string of consecutive million-passenger months to end at four, there is a chance we will see a million passengers in October as a result of the reemergence of Kansas City as a top tier convention destination.?
The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for August was 271. Service was offered to 67 nonstop markets. There was an average of 24,486 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 3.1 percent in August. For the year to date, air cargo at KCI is down 3.0 percent from the same period last year. Air freight handled at KCI during the month surpassed 25 million pounds, which represents a year over year decrease of 2.1 percent. Air mail for August exceeded 1.0 million pounds, down 22.9 percent from August 2006. The all-cargo carriers reported nine daily departures for August.
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.