ORLANDO, FL. – Passenger traffic was strong for the first three months of 2015 at Orlando International Airport (MCO). International traffic climbed 15.14 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014 while domestic travel also increased nearly 6.7 percent during that same period. Combined overall traffic was up 7.65 percent for the first quarter of the year.
“We are growing! At current rates we will not only break our international traffic record for the year but we could also break our total yearly traffic record which was set back in 2007,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. The overall record is 36.4 million passengers.
First Quarter 2015 Statistical Data:
- International traffic increased by 15.14 percent with 1,182,715 passengers from January through March
- Domestic traffic rose 6.69 percent with 8,472,511 passengers at Orlando International
- Combined passenger traffic was up 7.65 percent with a total of 9,655,226 travelers at MCO
- First quarter statistics at Orlando Executive Airport were steady, up half a percent with 27,174 total operations
March 2015 Statistical Data:
- For the month of March international traffic climbed 13.47 percent with 414,688 passengers
- In March domestic traffic was also strong with a 6.21 percent increase with 3,209,298 passengers at MCO
- Overall traffic for the month was up a healthy 7 percent with 3,623,986 travelers at Orlando International
MCO’s growth can be directly attributed to an increase in seats to the market. Frontier Airlines lead the way with a 215 percent increase or about 96 thousand additional seats. Sprit, Southwest, Delta, JetBlue and American also had sizable increases in seating availability to Central Florida, combining to add over 228,000 new seats in March. Additional flights were also added. Silver Airways started 14 flights per week to Panama City, FL; Norwegian started weekly service to Copenhagen; Delta added a third daily flight to Los Angeles and British Airways increased service from 7 to 14 flights per week to London.
Basic MCO Information:
Orlando International Airport, with nearly 36 million annual passengers, is the second busiest airport in Florida and 14th busiest in the U.S. The airport has approximately 18,000 badged employees and generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through a design concept known as The Orlando Experience.®