Orlando International Airport had more than 41 million passengers pass through its gates over the past fiscal year, a 10 percent increase over the previous year and their highest number ever.

The numbers “certainly confirm the demand to continue our capital improvement program to meet our current and future transportation obligations to this community, our business partners and our passengers for years to come,” said Frank Kruppenbacher, chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

The airport is in the midst of completing $3.1 billion of improvements, including building a new south terminal.

Passenger traffic was up 9.5 percent with 2,942,201 travelers in September and overall traffic rose 9.9 percent to 41,565,388 during fiscal year 2015-2016.

“To maintain a high level of customer service during our growth, we are incorporating new technology, clarifying signage, and employing multi-lingual ambassadors to assist with passengers from all over the world,” says Phil Brown, executive director of the aviation authority.

Orlando International Airport is the second-largest airport in Florida and 14th-largest in the U.S. It generates more than $31 billion in revenue for the Central Florida region.

 

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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