KCI passenger traffic increased 1.4 percent in September

11/05/2013 8:40 AM

11/06/2013 10:11 PM

Passenger traffic at Kansas City International Airport bumped back into positive territory in September after dipping slightly the previous month.

The Kansas City Aviation Department said the number of passengers arriving at and departing from KCI increased 1.4 percent in September to 765,675.

Passenger traffic at KCI has been in positive territory four of the last five months. The only down month was August, when traffic fell 1.1 percent.

The Aviation Department also said passenger boardings climbed 1 percent to 381,900. For the first nine months of 2013, boardings at KCI totaled 3.59 million, down 3.2 percent from the same period in 2012.

Southwest, which provides the most service at KCI, reported higher passenger traffic in September, as did US Airways, United and American. But Delta’s KCI traffic was off compared with September 2012.

In addition, air cargo — freight and mail — was down 0.5 percent in September. For the first nine months, however, air cargo business is up 3.6 percent from the same period in 2012.

Also, United and Air Canada on Monday completed their move to Terminal C from Terminal A after a delay of several days. The move leaves US Airways as the only remaining carrier in Terminal A. The airline will relocate to Terminal C in 2014 as KCI downsizes from three terminals to two to save money.

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