August 7, 2008

Detroit Metropolitan Airport Posts Best-Ever First Half


Contact: Michael Conway of the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, +1-734-942-3558

2008 passengers top record year of 2005

DETROIT, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first half of calendar year 2008 set an all-time record for total passenger traffic for the first six months of any year in the history of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW).

According to statistics released today by the Airport Authoritys Division of Financial Planning & Analysis, total passenger traffic in June 2008 topped June 2007 by 3.4% as well as the record year of 2005 by 1.8%.

Every month thus far in 2008 has out-performed the equivalent month in 2007 in passenger traffic for a growth rate of 3.1% for the first half of the year.

Even operations (aircraft landings and take-offs) were up 3.4% for the month of June at 39,908, but remain essentially flat for CY 2008. On an average day in June more than 1,330 aircraft arrived or departed DTW.

Junes total arriving and departing passengers of 3,276,330 averages out to more than 109,000 every day, or the equivalent of every man, woman and child in Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Romulus and Wayne, MI combined. In the first half of CY 2008 more than 18.5 million total passengers have used DTW, about twice the population of the State of Michigan.

Our data analysts are quite convinced that airline schedule reductions and increased fares and other charges will dampen passenger demand in the fourth quarter, said Airport Authority CEO Lester Robinson. But in the meantime, passenger activity is still strong, here in Detroit, and clearly out-pacing any year in our history.

See the below monthly and YTD summary for more details.

Please note that these numbers are preliminary and subject to possible subsequent revision.

NR June 2008 stats

June Calendar Year Monthly Summary

Preliminary as of August 4, 2008

Calendar Year 2008

June YTD

Total Passengers(1) 3,276,330 18,532,811

Domestic Passengers(2) 2,990,958 16,906,266

International Passengers 285,372 1,626,545

Total Passengers 3,276,330 18,532,811

Operations 39,908 235,248

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Calendar Year 2007

June YTD

Total Passengers 3,168,271 17,973,756

Domestic Passengers 2,880,470 16,370,489

International Passengers 287,801 1,603,267

Total Passengers 3,168,271 17,973,756

Operations 38,614 234,396

CV 2007/2008 % Change

June YTD

Total Passengers 3.4% 3.1%

Domestic Passengers 3.8% 3.3%

International Passengers -0.8% 1.5%

Total Passengers 3.4% 3.1%

Operations 3.4% 0.4%

**Please Note: Airport statistics are subject to change as airlines report updates to Wayne County Airport Authority

(1) Total Passengers is defined as the number of passengers traveling outbound (enplaned) and inbound (deplaned) as reported to the Wayne County Airport Authority by the airlines operating at Detroit Metropolitan Airport

(2) Canadian passengers pre-cleared, before entering the U.S., are reported as domestic arrivals and recorded as such by the Authority Financial Planning & Analysis

Calendar Year 2008 Calendar Year 2007 CY 2008/2007

% Change

SOURCE Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

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