Kansas City Exceeds 10 Million Passengers

Kansas City International Airport (KCI) recorded 782,036 passengers in December, which represents a decrease of 8.1% from December 2007. For all of 2008, total traffic at KCI was 10,469,892, a decrease of 7.2% from 2007.
“The decline in annual passengers was driven by reduced seat capacity at KCI,” said Director of Aviation Mark VanLoh. “Exceeding 20% over the last four months, the annual seat capacity change for the full year was down 8.9% from 2007. Despite reduced flights locally and a nationwide decline in air travel, I am pleased to report that 2008 finished as the third consecutive year exceeding 10 million passengers and the eighth busiest year in KCI’s 37-year history.”
Air cargo tonnages, which consist of freight and mail, were down 13.5% in December and down 10.7% for the year. This decrease is blamed on a national shift from air to truck transport.