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Detroit Metro Airport Passenger Traffic Holds Steady in 2011

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Detroit Metro Airport Passenger Traffic Holds Steady in 2011

Detroit Metro Airport Passenger Traffic Holds Steady in 2011

DETROIT--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Passenger traffic at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) held relatively steady in 2011, up a slight 0.1% over 2010 totals. The airport saw 32,406,159 total passengers last year, up from 32,377,064 in 2010, according to the Wayne County Airport Authority.

“The growth in traffic at Detroit Metro Airport last year, however slight, is a positive sign in the current climate where airlines are exercising extreme capacity discipline and fuel prices continue to rise”

Meanwhile, 455,169,670 lbs. of cargo passed through the airport in 2011 compared to 426,324,086 lbs. in 2010—an increase of 6.8%.

“The growth in traffic at Detroit Metro Airport last year, however slight, is a positive sign in the current climate where airlines are exercising extreme capacity discipline and fuel prices continue to rise,” said WCAA Interim CEO Tom Naughton. “The Airport Authority will certainly continue to identify opportunities for passenger growth, but the continued rise in cargo traffic at the airport year-over-year is indicative of where the real potential for future development lies.”

Total aircraft operations at DTW—the count of take-offs and landings by aircraft of any type—declined to 443,028 in 2011 from 452,616 in 2010. Total landed weights, which are a key metric in how the Airport Authority sets rates and charges to airlines for use of the airport, also increased slightly by 1.3% as airlines move to replace smaller aircraft with new, larger regional jets.

“With its modern terminals and unmatched airfield capacity, Detroit Metro Airport provides a facility for air carriers that is unrivaled in the region and continues to be among the best air transport hubs in the world,” Naughton said.

Delta Air Lines, which operates its second-largest hub and primary transpacific gateway at DTW, continued to be the airport’s busiest air carrier in 2011 handling approximately 80% of passenger traffic (including flights operated by Delta Connection partners). Southwest Airlines, which acquired AirTran Airways last year, overtook long-time runner-up Spirit Airlines for the second spot, carrying about 5.18% of airport passengers. Spirit followed closely in third place with about 4.1% of passenger traffic at DTW. A total of 13 regularly-scheduled passenger airlines, along with scheduled cargo carriers FedEx Express and UPS Airlines, served DTW last year.

A complete year-end traffic report for DTW is available at metroairport.com.

NOTE: Airport statistics for CY2011 are preliminary and subject to change as airlines report updates to WCAA.

About Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Having welcomed more than 32 million passengers in 2011, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is Michigan’s busiest airport and one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs. With service from 13 scheduled passenger airlines, DTW offers more than 1200 flights per day to and from nearly 150 destinations on four continents. In 2010, DTW ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction among large airports in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Airport Satisfaction Study. With two new, state-of-the-art passenger terminals, six jet runways, and an onsite AAA Four-Diamond Westin hotel, DTW is among the world’s most efficient, customer friendly and operationally capable airports in North America. DTW is operated by Wayne County Airport Authority, which also operates nearby Willow Run Airport—an important corporate, cargo and general aviation facility. The Airport Authority is entirely self-sustaining and does not receive any tax dollars to support airport operations. For more information about Metro Detroit’s airports, visit www.metroairport.com.

Business Wire

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