Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Boardings Hit Record at Will Rogers Airport

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Boardings Hit Record at Will Rogers Airport

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A record 1.5 million passengers boarded flights at Will Rogers World Airport in 1987, according to figures released Thursday by the Oklahoma City Department of Airports.

The enplanements (departing passengers) represented a growth of 2.6 percent over the 1.47 million enplanements of 1986.

Deplanements (arriving passengers) at Will Rogers also reached a record, climbing to 1.6 million, up 4.5 percent from the 1.58 million registered in 1986.

This record growth was achieved despite a drop in the number of passengers arriving and departing the airport in December.

Enplanements that month dropped to 121,918, off 4 percent from the 127,025 in December 1986. Deplanements stood at 113,851, down 3.4 percent from the 117,890 departing passengers in December 1986.

Decreases in passenger traffic from the previous year also were recorded in February, August and September.

American Airlines continued to lead the market over the year, with a 24.71 percent share, down slightly from 1986. Its enplanements totaled 373,130, up 0.89 percent from 1986, while its deplanements decreased 0.1 percent to 391,309.

However, Delta Air Lines showed the most improved figures, growing from a 10.24 percent share of the market in 1986 to 14.39 percent in 1987. Its enplanements totaled 217,228 in 1987, up 43.7 percent, while its deplanements were 210,195, up 48.4 percent.

Other major airlines included:

- Southwest Airlines, with a 21.63 percent market share, up from 21.49 percent.

- Trans World Airlines, with 8.64 percent of the market, up from 7.4 percent.

- Continental Airlines, with 8.43 percent, up from 3.69 percent for service beginning in April in 1986.

- United Airlines, 8.06 percent, down from 8.7 percent.

Most of this change in market share can be atributed to mergers and acquisitions.

- Delta Air Lines merged with Western Airlines in April. …

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