|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Tracking trends in airline service can be an effective method of determining how Florida’s economy is growing and changing. Two important trends to consider are the number of total operations and passengers at the commercial airports. Operations are landings, takeoffs, or touch-and-go of an aircraft. An enplanement refers to a passenger boarding an airplane.
Limited airport capacity, airspace congestion and other delays can reduce Florida’s ability to compete in the international business and tourist markets. This is one of the reasons why the Florida Aviation System Plan (FASP) was originally created in 1976 by the Florida Department of Transportation. FASP is a twenty-year plan for the development of Florida’s publicly owned airports. To learn more about FASP, visit http://www.dot.state.fl.us/aviation/.
Another increasingly prominent area in the airline industry is security. Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, this part of air travel has been radically reformed. The Federal Aviation Administration, in conjunction with Florida’s airports, will continue to work to ensure that air travel is safe and efficient.
This indicator shows annual enplanements at major Florida commercial airports in millions (M). The source of the data for this indicator is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports. This is an annual indicator and updated with a lag time of nearly one year.