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US airline traffic rose 3.4 percent in 2017 to all-time high

The U.S. Transportation Bank on said on Thursday that airlines carried 3.4 percent more commuters on U.S. domestic and international flights in 2017 for an all-time high of 965 million riders.

The government said international travel rose 4.8 percent in 2017 to 223.4 million fares, also a record, and foreign airlines carried 6.1 percent uncountable passengers last year on U.S.-bound and departing flights. Carriers got 741.6 million passengers on U.S. domestic flights in 2017, up 3 percent.

Southwest Airlines led all haulers again with 157.7 million passengers on U.S. flights, up 3.9 percent, followed by Delta Air Interlines, which rose to second with 145.6 million passengers, up 1.8 percent, understood by American Airlines with 144.9 million.

United Air Lines, consideration a controversy involving a passenger dragged out of his seat at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport in April 2017, put out a 7.1 percent increase to 107.2 million passengers. The four largest U.S. carters accounted for 58 percent of total passengers in 2017.

Among U.S. airports, Atlanta persisted the busiest airport in 2017, handling 50.2 million passengers, down 0.5 percent, superseded by Los Angeles with 41.2 million. Denver edged out New York’s JFK airport for fifth busiest airport in 2017 with 29.8 million travellers. JFK remained the busiest U.S. airport for international travelers.

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