US Airline Passenger Figures Highest Since 2007


Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics released a report on Wednesday that showed the total number of airline passengers on airlines serving the U.S. in 2013 — both foreign and domestic — totalled 826 million, up 1.3 percent from 2012.

U.S.-based airlines carried 0.5 percent more domestic passengers than the year before and 3.3 percent more international passengers. The total number of travelers taking foreign airlines to or from the United States was up 4.9 percent from 2012.

The annual report stated that Delta Airlines carried more total passengers than any other American airline, the fourth consecutive year that Delta ranked number one among domestic airlines. Among American-based airlines, United Airlines carried more international travelers to and from the U.S., the second year in a row that United topped that list.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was the most popular U.S. airport, while New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was the more common departure point for international passengers.

The BTS reports also said that more passengers traveled on airlines serving the U.S. in 2013 than in any year since 2007.

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