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June 20, 2013

U.S. airlines carried 1 percent more passengers in March, BTS says

U.S. airlines carried 65.1 million passengers in March, up 1 percent from the same month last year, according to a new government report.

Delta Air Lines carried the most passengers, 10.4 million, while Dallas-based Southwest Airlines ranked second with 10.2 million passengers, an increase of 5.2 percent from March 2012, the Bureau of Transportation and Statistics said on Thursday.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines and US Airways, who are expected to merge this fall, came in fourth and fifth respectively, carrying 7.5 million and 5.0 million passengers.

The load factor for U.S. carriers was 84.3 percent in March with the domestic load factor at 85.0 percent and the international load factor at 82.8 percent.

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was third-busiest airport in March with Atlanta and Chicago O'Hare taking the top two spots.

Mar 2013 Rank

Carrier

Mar 2013 Enplaned Passengers

Mar 2012 Enplaned Passengers

Pct. Change 2012-2013

1

Delta

10.441

10.038

4.0

2

Southwest

10.248

9.746

5.2

3

United

7.908

8.143

-2.9

4

American

7.546

7.606

-0.8

5

US Airways

5.034

4.846

3.9

6

ExpressJet

2.856

2.751

3.8

7

JetBlue

2.742

2.564

6.9

8

SkyWest

2.393

2.218

7.9

9

AirTran

1.791

1.989

-10.0

10

Alaska

1.678

1.576

6.5

 

Mar 2013 Rank

Airport

Mar 2013 Enplaned Passengers

Mar 2012 Enplaned Passengers

Pct. Change 2012-2013

1

Atlanta

3.890

3.911

-0.6

2

Chicago O'Hare

2.508

2.596

-3.4

3

Dallas/Fort Worth

2.428

2.355

3.1

4

Los Angeles

2.146

2.122

1.1

5

Denver

2.143

2.167

-1.1

6

Charlotte

1.800

1.716

4.9

7

Phoenix

1.796

1.802

-0.3

8

Las Vegas

1.614

1.605

0.5

9

Houston Bush

1.568

1.572

-0.3

10

San Francisco

1.530

1.481

3.3

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

-Andrea Ahles

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