Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Boardings Rise for Sixth Month

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Boardings Rise for Sixth Month

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By Bill May

Journal Record Staff Reporter

Despite analysts' early summer fears, air travel in the United States failed to drop when huge discounts by the major airlines were discontinued. In fact, traffic from Will Rogers World Airport continued its growth pattern in October, registering the sixth consecutive month of enplanement increases.

The nine airlines serving Oklahoma City reported 129,483 passenger boardings in October, up 1.4 percent from 127,625 in October 1991. Only three of the airlines reported increases in October, however, as all but one of the others reported a loss, according to figures released by the Oklahoma City Department of Airports.

Deplanements, arriving passengers, also were up in October. The airlines reported 129,075 arriving passengers last month, up 0.9 percent from 127,842.

Passenger traffic from Will Rogers World Airport has continued to grow through the summer, beginning in May, when most of the nation's airlines made deep cuts in their fares to attract more travelers. Most analysts reported that a resulting traffic increase failed to generate more revenue, and the number of travelers would fall once ticket prices rose to normal.

Prices went back to pre-spring levels in September, but local air travel has continued to increase. For the first 10 months of 1992, traffic has been below year-earlier figures only in January and April.

So far this year, there have been 1.29 million departures from Oklahoma City, up 4.8 percent from 1.23 million in the first 10 months of 1991.

Traffic from Will Rogers World Airport is on a near record-breaking pace. The 1.29 million enplanements through the first 10 months of 1992 is down 0.4 percent from 1.299 million in a similar period of 1989, the year in which the airport's enplanement record of 1.55 million was set.

Passenger traffic statistics in October from all nine airlines serving Oklahoma City, according to the city figures, show: American Airlines had 32,942 enplanements, down 0.9 percent from 33,247, and deplanements of 32,174, down 2.1 percent from 32,889.

Despite the drop, American retained its second place ranking in the local market share with 25. …

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