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Orlando Intl Soars To No. 1; TIA 4th

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Orlando Soars To No. 1; TIA 4th

By TED JACKOVICS [email protected]
Published: Apr 8, 2005


TAMPA - Orlando International Airport surpassed Miami International Airport as Florida's busiest in 2004, and Tampa International Airport remained No. 4 with 8.7 million departing passengers.
Four of the state's top five airports, with the exception of Miami, posted double-digit growth in passenger departures in 2004 compared with the previous year, Florida Department of Transportation data show.

The continued surge in passenger travel could augment revenue for Tampa International, which ranks 29th nationally in passenger traffic.

Tampa International concession revenue rose from $36 million in February 2004 to $37.7 million in February 2005, the most recent period data are available. That is 26.8 percent higher than $29.8 million in February 2002, a period the post-terrorism travel recovery began.

``The airport depends on concessions for 70 percent of its annual operating revenue,'' said Louis Miller, Tampa International's executive director. That leaves 30 percent from airlines and other sources.

Robust concession sales keep landing fees and airport rental space inexpensive, inducing airlines to increase service in Tampa, Miller said.

Airport officials expect additional discussions with German carrier Lufthansa about serving Tampa, George Elbe, director of air service development, reported.

In recent weeks, airport officials have met with Taca Airlines in San Salvador and US Airways in Washington. Financially troubled US Airways has said it would maintain its schedule of 27 daily departures.

Miller also said Thursday the airport hoped to spur new jobs at Delta Air Lines' maintenance hangar, where 300 of 350 positions will be transferred, mainly to Atlanta. The airport continues to pursue tenants for the hangar US Airways abandoned in 2002.

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport ranked 10th statewide in passenger departures in 2004 with 667,787.

Spokeswoman Michele Routh said she expects between 500,000 and 550,000 passengers overall in 2005.

The airport will have lost three airlines between Nov. 30, when Southeast Airlines ceased operations, and Sunday, when ATA pulls out. Canadian carrier Jetsgo stopped service March 12.

That leaves the Pinellas airport with two major carriers: USA3000, which increased business 57 percent from 17,012 passengers in January 2004 to 20,306 passengers in January 2005; and newcomer Hooters Air.

Last month fledgling carrier Lehigh Valley Air began flying the Pinellas-Allentown, Pa., route, one of those Southeast abandoned. On Thursday, Hooters Air said it would take over the Lehigh Valley flights.
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I can see that Orlando likes to pride itself in having passed airport passenger-ship compared to every airport in Florida, but think about this: a hefty 35 million are flying into and out of Orlando every year. Add the big 3 airports in SoFlo: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach--> that's more than 60 million passengers pumping money into our economy down here. So yippee-cay-a for O-town, but South Florida still takes the cake for influx of air travelers.
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you see the pride based on what? where in this thread did anyone state that they were so proud that OIA jumped to No.1? I challenge you to find it.

since Miami metro is more than twice Orlando's, explain why Orlando has more of an influx of air travelers per capita Mr. Wizard. BTW, OIA + OSI is about 37M passengers. And I don't know who would fly into PB Intl. and drive 70 miles to Miami. By comparison, at least LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark are all within a reasonable distance from each other.

what are you going to bring up next, a compilation of all of Miami metro's convention facilities to try to out-do Orange County CC in business and size? how pathetic.
I can see that Orlando likes to pride itself in having passed airport passenger-ship compared to every airport in Florida, but think about this: a hefty 35 million are flying into and out of Orlando every year. Add the big 3 airports in SoFlo: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach--> that's more than 60 million passengers pumping money into our economy down here. So yippee-cay-a for O-town, but South Florida still takes the cake for influx of air travelers.
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Nothing in FL can compare to the size of the OCCC. Tampa's CC is so pitiful in size.

Okay, I take that back. But Tampa CC is a lot smaller. I think that place deserves an expansion.
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DShoost88, Miami may be a much larger metro than Orlando, but that still does not explain why you must make comparisons like that.
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speaking of OIA, I recently read that it is on pace to hit 36M passengers this year... a little earlier than expected, which may speed up they're plans for the south terminal expansion project.
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Okay, here is a list of all commercial airports in Florida with their 2006 total passengers. Most of these are from the Airport Council International (ACI-NA), the rest I had to look up because some airports aren't part of ACI-NA (PBI, PIE, several others):

Orlando (MCO) 34,640,451 +1.5%
Miami (MIA) 32,533,974 +4.9%
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) 21,369,787 -4.6%
Tampa (TPA) 18,867,541 -0.9%
Southwest Fla/Ft Myers (RSW) 7,643,217 +1.7%
Palm Beach (PBI) 6,824,789 -2.7%
Jacksonville (JAX) 5,946,188 +3.6%
Sanford (SFB) 1,649,565 -0.2%
Pensacola (PNS) 1,620,198 -1.1%
Sarasota/Bradenton (SRQ) 1,423,113 +6.4%
Tallahassee (TLH) 988,433 -12.5%
Okaloosa Regional (VPS) ~850,000 ?
Key West (EYW) ~700,000 ?
Daytona Beach (DAB) 542,681 -11.9%
St. Petersburg-Clearwater (PIE) 389,997 -34.6%
Panama City (PFN) 354,949 -7.2%
Melbourne (MLB) 338,677 -27.4%
Gainesville (GNV) 316,075 -8.6%
Naples (APF) 57,210 -9.4%
Marathon (MTH) <10,000 ?


Bad news for some places: Marathon (MTH) and Naples (APF) both lost service this year, MTH in July and APF on October 1.
Good news for other places: minor carriers are expanding operations in the state. St. Augustine (SGJ), began scheduled commercial service with Skybus in July this year, to one destination, and will add another in December; while Charlotte County (PGD), begins scheduled commercial service with Skybus in December this year, to two destinations.

Additionally, all of the foregoing numbers are related to scheduled commercial service only. Charter, air taxi, and GA service are not included. If they were some of the large reliever airports would be in the top 10 (ORL, FXE).
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Sarasota is growing alot! And against popular belief MIA is still growing and FLL actually lost some, but FLL has had a slight rise the last months.
OIA growing steadily is also good news.
But there sure are alot of smaller airports losing traffic.
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Just to give a comparison, here are some preliminary #'s for 2007

Airport, #, % Change
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ORLANDO (MCO) 36,480,416 5.3%
MIAMI (MIA) 33,740,416 3.7%
FORT LAUDERDALE (FLL) 22,681,903 6.1%
TAMPA (TPA) 19,154,957 1.5%
FORT MYERS (RSW) 8,029,204 5.1%
WEST PALM BEACH (PBI) 6,967,277 2.8%
JACKSONVILLE (JAX) 6,319,016 6.3%
SANFORD (SFB) 1,788,780 8.4%
PENSACOLA (PNS) 1,669,950 3.1%
SARASOTA (SRQ) 1,557,212 9.4%
TALLAHASSEE (TLH) 938,182 -5.1%
OKALOOSA (VPS) * 800,000 ?????
ST PETERSBURG (PIE) 747,369 91.6%
DAYTONA BEACH (DAB) 705,475 30.0%
PANAMA CITY (PFN) 334,468 -2.2%
GAINESVILLE (GNV) 296,924 -6.1%
MELBOURNE (MLB) 289,845 -14.4%
NAPLES (APF) 39,745 -26.4%


Source (for all but VPS): http://www.aci-na.aero/static/entransit/2007_PRELIMl_passenger_ranking.xls

* Source (VPS): http://www.floridatrend.com/article.asp?aID=48503

(In addition, I couldn't find a passenger count for Key West or Marathon)
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:gaah:

TPA still #4...
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^^ With that growth its probaly gonna stay like that for a while.
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this is the worst gain in raw numbers and growth only matching the post-9/11 nmbers for TIA and a lot of other larger airports are flat. Ft. Lauderdale is doing great, I am sure TIA will gain a higher spot in 2009 due to the large conventions, superbowl, and cost of gas.
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:gaah:

TPA still #4...
^^ With that growth its probaly gonna stay like that for a while.
Yeah but look at St. Pete's growth:

ST PETERSBURG (PIE) 747,369 91.6%
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It is good for PIE, especially being that they've been losing airlines like flies being swatted down.
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TPA needs 3.5M more people to catch FTL. They're not getting that from 1 superbowl and from ... "large" conventions. especially not from the price of gas, since it's also affecting jet fuel prices and ticket prices. besides, a good chunk of the superbowl attendees will be staying at Orlando-area hotels and will be flying into OIA... what is that, 17,000 rooms they claim from Orlando to the superbowl committee to meet their minimum requirements to host the event?
this is the worst gain in raw numbers and growth only matching the post-9/11 nmbers for TIA and a lot of other larger airports are flat. Ft. Lauderdale is doing great, I am sure TIA will gain a higher spot in 2009 due to the large conventions, superbowl, and cost of gas.
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