he City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department reports that 480,690 passengers arrived and departed through Kansas City International Airport’s gates in March, a 52.8 percent decrease from March 2019.
Passenger boardings were down 55.2 percent, with a total of 227,860 boarded. For the year to date, total passengers in and out total 2,096,924, down 20.8 percent. Year-to-date passenger boardings are 1,037,960, down 21.4 percent.
“The pandemic has hit the airline industry hard worldwide, as Stay-at-Home Orders and health concerns are keeping people from flying,” said Pat Klein, director of aviation. “While passenger figures are way down, the airport is still open should people need to travel. The entire airport team is striving to make the experience as safe as possible. We are here at the ready.”
Air cargo tonnages, which consist of both freight and mail transported by air, for all carriers at KCI were down 5.8 percent in March with a total of 16.5 million pounds handled. Year to date, 48.8 million pounds have been handled, down 3.0 percent. Air freight handled at KCI during March amounted to 16.1 million pounds, down 5.8 percent year-over-year. Year to date, air freight is down 2.9 percent with a total of 47.3 million pounds handled. Air mail for March was down 5.8 percent from March 2019 with 453,018 pounds handled. Air mail year to date for 2020 is down 7.2 percent from 2019 with 1.5 million pounds handled.
The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for March 2020 was 166. Service was offered to 46 nonstop markets. There was an average of 39,220 arriving and departing seats available in the market each day. The all-cargo carriers reported 5 daily departures for March.
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