KANSAS CITY, MO., November 19, 2007 ? Kansas City International Airport (KCI) recorded 1,006,198 passengers arriving and departing through its gates in October, which represents an increase of 8.4 percent from October 2006. Passenger boardings at KCI were up 10.5 percent, totaling 524,567 during October. For the year to date, boardings at KCI totaled 4,909,390, an increase of 8.8 percent from the same period last year.
?October?s eight percent improvement marks the twenty-second consecutive month of traffic growth at KCI,? said Director of Aviation Mark VanLoh. "This also marks the third-busiest October in the history of the airport and was less than one percent from the all time monthly high. In October, Great Lakes inaugurated new nonstop service to Garden City, Kansas and Burlington, Iowa, bringing the count of nonstop routes served from KCI to 71. Such service additions further bolster KCI?s status as the preferred airport for the entire four-state region.?
The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for October was 260. Service was offered to 71 nonstop markets. There was an average of 49,568 arriving and departing seats available in the market each day.
KCI air cargo tonnages, which consist of freight and mail, were down 6.2 percent in October. For the year to date, air cargo at KCI is down 3.7 percent from the same period last year. Air freight handled at KCI during the month surpassed 23 million pounds, which represents a year over year decrease of 7.4 percent. Air mail for October exceeded 1.4 million pounds, up 19.6 percent from October 2006. The all-cargo carriers reported nine daily departures for October.
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