KCI Traffic Up 7.6 Percent in August

KANSAS CITY, MO., September 26, 2006 ? Kansas City International Airport (KCI) recorded 925,219 passengers arriving and departing through its gates in August, an increase of 7.64 percent from August 2005. The total passenger boardings at KCI during August increased 8.91 percent from the same month in 2005, with a total of 466,655 passengers boarding flights at the airport. Year to date, passenger boardings at KCI totaled 3,609,675, an increase of 7.93 percent from the same period last year. The Air Transport Association reports overall August U.S. scheduled passenger boardings were down 3.5 percent from August 2005.

The number of daily scheduled aircraft departures for August was 224. Service was offered to 53 nonstop markets and more than 100 direct markets (one stop, same plane). There were 22,606 domestic seats available in the market each day. In addition, there were 878 international seats available in the market on a weekly basis.

KCI recorded air cargo tonnages for the carriers, which consist of both freight and mail, were up 5.03 percent in August. Air freight handled at KCI during August amounted to more than 21.9 million pounds, which represents a year over year increase of 5.6 percent. Air mail for August totaled over 5.3 million pounds, up 2.77 percent from August 2005. The all-cargo carriers reported 19 daily flights 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.

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