ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - The Orlando International Airport reports that they were the busiest airport in the state of Florida in 2017. They set the record with 44.6 million total passengers traveled.
Domestic travel has also increased, the airport says, climbing near 6.52%.
"Orlando International is busier than we have ever been before, we are also now the busiest airport in the state of Florida," says Frank Kruppenbacher, the Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. "With our balanced increase in both domestic and international visitors, 2017 proved to be yet another record breaking year, reflecting the dynamic business activity of the region."
The airport says that overall growth in 2017 was 6.41%, which represents an increase in nearly 2.7 million passengers over 2016's previous record. Much of that growth is due to an increase of over 3 million passenger seats added to the market.
"As the busiest airport in passenger traffic in the state of Florida in 2017, serving Orlando, the most visited destination in the country, we are working hard to meet the growing demands and provide the experience travelers expect, says Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Phil Brown.
Brown went on to say that "another year of record passenger traffic highlights the need for our current $3.5 billion capital improvement program. Current projections are that this level of growth will continue in 2018."