2004 Was Second-Best Year in Detroit Metro Airport History

- Total passenger traffic up 7.5% over 2003

DETROIT, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ — The numbers are in for calendar-year 2004 and total passenger traffic at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) jumped an impressive 7.5% over 2003.

DTW finished 2004 with 35,187,517 total passengers, topped only by aviation’s record-breaking year of 2000 when the airport handled 35,535,080.

“Our customers are back,” said Lester Robinson, CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority. “If we stay on our current pace, there is no question that 2005 will be Detroit’s new record-breaking year.”

International passengers increased 9.4% over 2003, but remain 26% below DTW’s record-breaking year of 2000.

Aircraft operations (landings and take-offs) finished the year at 522,538, a 6.4% increase over 2003.

“It’s quite remarkable that this airport handled the equivalent of three times the population of the State of Michigan last year with very few problems,” said Robinson. The US Census Bureau estimates the current population of Michigan at a little less than 10,080,000.

“This is not only good news for the Wayne County Airport Authority, but also for our local communities,” continued Robinson. “Activity at the airport generates an enormous number of jobs and stimulates the tourism sector of our economy.”

Following is the summary sheet.

NOTE: These figures are preliminary and subject to subsequent adjustments.

Revenue & Non-Revenue

December, 2004 Statistics:

Total Passengers thru December 35,187,517
vs. increase 7.5%
December, 2003 32,738,900

Total Int’l Passengers thru December 2,867,532
vs. increase 9.4%
December, 2003 2,621,356

Total Passengers handled month of December 2,895,976
vs. increase 3.4%
December, 2003 2,799,623

Operations thru December 522,538
vs. increase 6.4%
December, 2003 491,073

Operations handled month of December 43,428
vs. increase 7.4%
December, 2003 40,440

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