Orlando International Airport reported a double-digit boost in the number of passengers during the peak summer months.

Overall traffic climbed more than 11 percent led by strong domestic growth.

Phil Brown, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, credited the jump with increased seats and new routes by airline partners.

“For the peak summer vacation travel months, we recorded a 9 percent increase in overall traffic, which is a phenomenal rate of growth,” Brown said.

Compared to August 2016, the airlines have added more than 2,100 domestic flights into MCO and more than 260 international flights.

The largest gains in service were from Frontier, Southwest, Spirit and LATAM. Virgin America also doubled the amount of flights it offered in August.

Domestic traffic increased almost 12 percent in August with 3,236,989 passengers arriving and departing MCO, while international traffic climbed around 7 percent with 594,698 passengers.

The August passenger numbers pushed MCO to a record of more than 43.8 million passengers on a rolling 12-month basis.

In total there were 2,376 additional flights into MCO in August bringing the total number of scheduled flights to just under 27,000 for the month.

With more than 43 million annual passengers, MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and 13th busiest in the U.S.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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