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CONTACT: Joe McBride, public information officer, (816) 243-3160


KCI Airport passenger traffic up 1.1 percent in September

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department reports that Kansas City International Airport recorded 792,533 passengers arriving and departing through its gates in September, which represents an increase of 1.1 percent from September 2008. Passenger boardings at KCI were up 0.4 percent, with a total of 399,291 during September. For the year to date, boardings at KCI totaled 3,668,527, a decrease of 12.0 percent from the same period last year.

The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for September was 199. Service was offered to 47 nonstop markets. There was an average of 38,190 arriving and departing seats available in the market each day, down 3.9 percent from last year.

“Following 18 consecutive months of passenger declines, September’s traffic points us in a positive direction for the remainder of the year,” said Director of Aviation Mark VanLoh. “Airline capacity is returning to KCI as Southwest Airlines will begin nonstop service to Milwaukee on Nov. 1 and Midwest Airlines will begin nonstop service to Ft. Myers, Fla., on Dec. 17.”

Air cargo tonnages, which consist of both freight and mail transported by air, for all carriers at KCI were down 21.8 percent in September. For the year to date, air cargo at KCI is down 25.0 percent from the same period last year. Air freight handled at KCI during September amounted to over 15 million pounds, which represents a year-over-year decrease of 21.4 percent. Air mail for September was down 27.7 percent from September 2008. The all-cargo carriers reported 4 daily departures for September.

The Kansas City Airport System is an Enterprise Fund Department of the City of Kansas City, Mo., 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. Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

For more information, contact Justin Meyer, Aviation Department, (816) 243-3166.

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