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March 26, 2013

Delta carried the most passengers in 2012, BTS says

Delta Airlines carried the most passengers last year of any U.S. airline, according to a new report released on Tuesday.

However, Southwest Airlines had the most domestic passengers, more than any other carrier, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics said.

As an industry, U.S. airlines carried 0.8 percent more passengers in 2012 for a total of 736.6 million. Airlines carried 642.2 million passengers domestically, up 0.6 percent from the previous year while they carried 94.4 million passengers internationally, up 2.0 percent from 2011.

According to the BTS numbers, Fort Worth-based American Airlines ranked fourth. Third-place United Continental, which had several operational problems with its merger integration last spring, carried 3.4 percent fewer passengers in 2012.

The top three airports all increased their enplaned passenger numbers including third-ranked Dallas/Fort Worth Airport which had 1.6 percent more passengers for 27.5 million. Atlanta retained the top spot with 45.1 million passengers, up 3.2 percent while Chicago O'Hare had 29.9 million enplaned passengers.

Rank

Carrier

2012 Enplaned Passengers

2011 Enplaned Passengers

Pct. Change

1

Delta

116.445

113.485

2.6

2

Southwest**

112.234

110.587

1.5

3

UA/CO Combined***

92.367

95.611

-3.4

 

United***

92.367

50.474

NA

 

Continental

-

45.138

NA

4

American

86.335

86.042

0.3

5

US Airways

54.238

52.921

2.5

6

EV/XE Combined****

32.376

30.412

6.5

 

ExpressJet****

32.376

16.194

NA

 

Atlantic Southeast

-

14.218

NA

7

JetBlue

28.934

26.353

9.8

8

SkyWest

26.163

24.408

7.2

9

AirTran

21.745

24.596

-11.6

10

American Eagle

18.731

17.348

8.0

 

-Andrea Ahles

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TiredOfPanderingANDREA

You did it again, ANDREA.

"However, Southwest Airlines had the most domestic passengers than any other carrier, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics said."

Basic English 101: "Most" is a superlative; "than" indicates a comparative. When are you going to learn Basic English?

When is the Startlegram going to take some pride in its product and hire professionals??

whitey

andrea would be a good candidate for the American airlines. but just for a short while.mr parker would fire her anyway.

ecw11563

Hey 'Tired'....it's StartElegram! You forgot an E.

Whitey is DC8 and TOPA is a moron

"When is the Startlegram going to take some pride in its product and hire professionals??"

When are you moving out of your mom's basement and pursuing a real job?

TiredOfPanderingANDREA

No, it's "Startlegram,"; as in, "I'm startled that this rag still being published, considering the quality of its product. "

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