The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department reports that 915,461 passengers arrived and departed through Kansas City International Airport’s gates in September, a 1.9-percent decrease from September 2016. Passenger boardings were down 2.3 percent, with a total of 458,553 boarded. For the year to date, total passengers in and out total 8,616,491, up 4.5 percent. Year-to-date passenger boardings are 4,308,157 up 4.5 percent.
“We regret to see our streak of consecutive traffic growth come to an end,” said Kansas City Director of Aviation Pat Klein. “While exasperated by a higher than usual number of weather cancellations, our airline partners have also reversed their growth in flight capacity at Kansas City International Airport and, unfortunately, are now flying fewer flights. Looking at future flight schedules, the reduction of capacity at KCI may continue through the end of 2017.”
Air cargo tonnages, which consist of both freight and mail transported by air, for all carriers at KCI were down 1.7 percent in September with a total of 17.5 million pounds handled. Year to date, 152.6 million pounds have been handled, down 2.0 percent. Air freight handled at KCI during September amounted to 16.8 million pounds, which represents a year-over-year decrease of 3.0 percent. Year to date, air freight is down 3.6 percent with a total of 152.6 million pounds handled. Air mail for September was up 48.3 percent from September 2016 with 711,375 pounds handled. Air mail is up 49.3 percent year to date with 6.8 million pounds handled.
The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for September 2017 was 167. Service was offered to 44 nonstop markets. There was an average of 39,066 arriving and departing seats available in the market each day. The all-cargo carriers reported 6 daily departures for September.
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