The number of passengers flying in and out of Kansas City International Airport reached a three-year high in 2014 as an improving economy and new service provided a boost.
Total passenger traffic at KCI reached 10.2 million last year, up 3 percent from 2013, according to a report from the Kansas City Aviation Department.
During December, holiday travel helped increase passenger boardings at KCI by 0.5 percent.
“This was our best year since 2011,” said Justin Meyer, a deputy aviation director.
Meyer also noted that 2014 marked only the 11th time in KCI’s 42-year history that overall traffic had crossed the 10 million mark.
In addition to a healthier economy that prompted more vacation travel, Meyer said, KCI benefited from increased flights by several carriers and the addition of Spirit Airlines, which started serving KCI last summer with big jets to five destinations.
Several carriers, including Southwest and American, have already announced plans to add service at KCI this year.