Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Airport Boardings Up 14.2%

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Airport Boardings Up 14.2%

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Journal Record Staff Reporter

Air passenger traffic out of Oklahoma City just keeps climbing.

The 13 carriers serving Will Rogers World Airport reported increased boardings in November, the 15th consecutive monthly gain, with passenger traffic on a record-breaking pace, according to figures from the Oklahoma City Department of Airports.

There were 142,062 enplanements, or departing passengers, reported in November, up 14.2 percent from 124,360, while there were 144,456 deplanements, or arriving passengers, up 14.6 percent from 126,017.

Year-to-date figures show there have been 1,518,219 boardings, up 9 percent from 1,392,595 through 11 months of 1993.

If passenger traffic in December continues at a near-normal level, a passenger record will be set this year. The 1994 year-to-date total is only 36,139 behind the record 1,554,358 enplanements reported in 1989.

Air carriers normally report in excess of 120,000 boardings from Will Rogers World Airport in December.

As a comparison to the record-setting year, November boardings were up 9.3 percent from the 129,942 reported in November 1989 and the 11-month total is up 6.5 percent from the 1,425,934 reported through November 1989.

Last month's gain was reported nearly across the board with only five carriers reporting a loss from November 1993, and four of those were commuter or charter airlines. Delta Air Lines was the only major carrier reporting a loss.

Biggest gainer, though, was American Airlines which reported a 40.1 percent in boardings from November 1993. One of the reasons for that gain, however, is because American's cabin attendants were on strike for about 10 days last year _ including part of the Thanksgiving travel period _ which caused enplanements to drop.

Figures released by the Oklahoma City Department of Airports come from individual air carriers. It is these figures reported by the carriers which determine cost of using facilities at Will Rogers World Airport.

While most of the major airlines were reporting an enplanements gain in November, surprisingly, they also reported a drop in market share. Southwest Airlines still leads with 30.9 percent, followed by American with 23.1 percent and Delta with 11.8 percent, but the market is more evenly distributed.

United Airlines, Trans World Airlines and Continental Airlines all are pushing Delta for third place.

A reason for the changes in market share is because there are more carriers operating now than in past years. Most of the gain has come from charter services which offer direct flights to resort and gaming areas.

A breakdown of each carriers' report shows: American Airlines had 32,851 boardings, up 40.1 percent from 23,436, and 34,473 arriving passengers, up 47.4 percent from 23,374.

This gave American 23. …

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