DOT: Modest June Growth Reported for Domestic, International Air

The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports that U.S. airlines carried 65 million scheduled domestic and international passengers in June 2010. This is a 2.3 percent increase from June 2009. The June 2010 passenger total was 4.4 percent below that of two years ago in June 2008.

BTS also reported that U.S. airlines carried 1.4 percent more domestic passengers in June 2010 than in June 2009. The number of international passengers on U.S. carriers increased 8.4 percent over June 2009. The June 2010 load factors of 86.2 percent systemwide, 86.3 percent domestic and 85.9 percent international were the highest recorded for any June.

For the first six months of 2010, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines increased 1.2 percent from the same period in 2009 to 349.5 million. The number of passengers declined 8.0 percent from the first six months of 2008 to the first six months of 2010. U.S. airlines carried 0.7 percent more domestic passengers and 4.3 percent more international passengers in the first six months of 2010 than during the same period in 2009.

In June, Delta Air Lines carried more total system and international passengers than any other U.S. airline. Southwest Airlines carried the most domestic passengers. During the first six months of 2010, Delta carried more total system and international passengers than any other U.S. airline. Southwest carried the most domestic passengers.

In June, more total system and domestic passengers boarded planes at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International than at any other U.S. airport; and more international passengers boarded U.S. carriers at New York JFK than at any other U.S. airport. During the first six months of 2010, more total system and domestic passengers boarded planes at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International than at any other U.S. airport; and more international passengers boarded U.S. carriers at Miami International than at any other U.S. airport.

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