Kansas City, Mo. A surge of holiday travelers helped Kansas City International Airport record the highest annual number of passengers since 2001, airport officials said Tuesday.
The airport recorded 10.6 million departing or arriving passengers during 2006, an 8.6 percent increase over 2005. In 2001, 11.6 million passengers moved through the airport's gates.
December was especially busy, airport officials said, recording a total of 866,406 passengers, or 11.3 percent more than the previous December.
Mark VanLoh, Kansas City's director of aviation, also attributed the annual boost to airlines at the airport adding nonstop flights to eight markets, or 58 in total. The new destinations include tropical locales Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.