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Friday, April 5, 2013

Report: U.S. Airline Passenger Traffic Increased in 2012

Total airline system passenger traffic for airlines serving the U.S. increased by 1.3 percent in 2012 over 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports.

According to BTS, 815.3 million scheduled passengers traveled on airlines based in the U.S. and foreign airlines that serve the U.S. last year. For the third consecutive year, Delta Air Lines carried more total system passengers than any other U.S. carrier.

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) recorded the most domestic passenger enplanements in 2012, and New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) recorded the most international passenger enplanements.

Despite the increase in airline passenger traffic, BTS reports that the total number of flights operated in 2012 decreased slightly from the previous year. "U.S. carriers and foreign carriers serving the United States operated 9.8 million domestic and international flights in 2012, 1.7 percent fewer than in 2011," BTS said. More

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