The Kansas City Aviation Department reports that 1,025,128 passengers arrived and departed through Kansas City International Airport’s gates in May, a 15.6-percent increase from May 2022.

Passenger boardings were up 16.2 percent, with a total of 523,905 boarded. Year-to-date passenger boardings are 2,195,023, up 21.1 percent. For the year to date, total passengers in and out total 4,376,937, up 20.1 percent.
Air cargo tonnages, which consist of both freight and mail transported by air, for all carriers at Kansas City International were down 4.4 percent in May with a total of 19.7 million pounds handled. Year to date, 96.8 million pounds of air cargo has been handled, down 8.1 percent.

Air freight handled at Kansas City International during May amounted to 18.8 million pounds, down 7.6 percent year-over-year. Year to date, air freight is down 9.9 percent with a total of 93.6 million pounds handled. Air mail for May was up 291.8 percent from May 2022 with 860,219 pounds handled. Air mail year to date for 2023 is up 128.2 percent from 2022 with 3.2 million pounds handled.

The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for May 2023 was 144. Service was offered to 48 nonstop markets. There was an average of 41,137 arriving and departing scheduled seats in the market each day.  The all-cargo carriers reported 10 daily departures for May.


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