KANSAS CITY, MO., November 16, 2006 ? Kansas City International Airport (KCI) recorded 928,303 passengers arriving and departing through its gates in October, an increase of 10.52 percent from October 2005. The total passenger boardings at KCI during October increased 10.90 percent from the same month in 2005, with a total of 474,674 passengers boarding flights at the airport. Year to date, passenger boardings at KCI totaled 4,513,863, an increase of 8.33 percent from the same period last year.
The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for October was 221. Service was offered to 54 nonstop markets and more than 100 direct markets (one stop, same plane). There was an average of 22,045 domestic seats available in the market each day. In addition, there were 614 international seats available in the market on a weekly basis. October saw a 5.72 percent increase in scheduled seat capacity from the same month in 2005. New nonstop service to both Columbia and Kirksville, Missouri was inaugurated by US Airways in October.
KCI recorded air cargo tonnages for the carriers, which consist of both freight and mail, were up 2.03 percent in October. Air freight handled at KCI during October amounted to more than 20 million pounds, which represents a year over year increase of 4.30 percent. Air mail for October totaled over 5.2 million pounds, down 6.09 percent from October 2005. The all-cargo carriers reported 17 daily departures for October.
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.