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U.S. airline traffic up 0.5 percent in December


09:16, March 23, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Xinhua) -- U.S. airline system traffic regained its momentum in December after a slight year-on-year decrease in the previous month, according to the preliminary data released by U.S. Transportation Department on Thursday.

U.S. airlines carried 58.9 million domestic and international passengers in December 2011, 0.5 percent more than the same period of 2010, said the department. There were 0.6 percent more domestic passengers and 0.3 percent more international passengers in December than a year ago.

Throughout the whole year, U.S. airlines carried 730.0 million passengers, up 1.3 percent from 2010. It was also the best yearly performance since 2008. Domestically, they carried 637.5 million passengers, up 1.3 percent from 2010. Internationally, they carried 92.5 million passengers, up 1.7 percent from 2010.

Southwest Airlines carried more domestic passengers than any other U.S. airlines in December, reaching 9.063 million. American Airlines took the first place in terms of international passengers with as many as 1.792 million, according to the data.

Suffering from economic crisis, the U.S. airline industry experienced sharp decline in flight demand. However, the U.S. airline traffic has been gradually peaking up from the early 2010.


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