Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Boardings Rise 3.8% at Airport

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Boardings Rise 3.8% at Airport

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Passenger boardings at Will Rogers World Airport rose 3.8 percent in January, continuing a three-year trend, according to figures released Wednesday by the Oklahoma City Department of Airports.

January enplanements (departing passengers) totaled 107,577, up 3.8 percent from 103,623 while deplanements (arriving passengers) totaled 111,645, up 1.8 percent from 109,613.

This marked the third consecutive year that boardings have started on an upward trend. In 1989, the year started with 103,623 boardings, up 7 percent from 96,844, which in turn was up 1.3 percent from the 95,526 in January 1987.

Also, the enplanement figure last month was the highest January total since 1985. The latest figure is 3.1 percent above the 104,324 passengers boarded in January 1985.

A major difference in the boarding totals is that in 1985, there were 20 commercial air carriers serving Will Rogers World Airport but in 1990 there were only seven.

Six of those airlines showed increases from their 1989 boardings while five of them had increases in deplanements from 1989.

Total enplanements and deplanements for the seven air carriers were:

- Trans World Airlines had the largest percentage of increase with 9,016 enplanements, up 14.1 percent from 7,898. TWA's deplanements totaled 9,647, up 13.9 percent from 8,467.

- Southwest Airlines held onto top spot in the local market-share race with 29 percent of the market.

Dallas-based Southwest's boardings in January were 31,227, up 4.8 percent from 29,779 while deplanements were 31,870, up 6.5 percent from 29,912.

- American Airlines, which was the number two carrier out of Oklahoma City in Jaunary, had enplanements of 29,614, up 13.6 percent from 28,925. …

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