Thursday, December 9, 2010

US Airlines moved 57.3 million passengers in September

U.S. airlines held 57.3 million passengers in September, the government said Thursday, that is up nearly 5 percent from last year, building it the leading monthly increase in three years.

Traffic on U.S. airlines in September was 6.6 percent higher than the similar month last year.

The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics said U.S. airlines carried 4.3 percent additional domestic passengers in September and 9.4 percent more international passengers than in September 2009. Planes were fuller than in any other September on citations.

For the initial nine months of 2010, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines raised 1.5 percent from the same part of 2009. The number was down 6.8 percent compared with the initial nine months of 2008.

Delta Air Lines Inc. held more total passengers than any other U.S. airline. Southwest Airlines carried the majority passengers domestically.

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International stays the busiest U.S. airport.

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