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US Airlines Set New Passenger Traffic Record in 2015

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | March 25, 2016

US Airlines Set New Passenger Traffic Record in 2015

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On Thursday, the United States Department of Transportation released American-based airline traffic data for 2015, which set a new record with almost 900 million passengers last year.

According to the Department of Transportation’s official website, 895.5 million passengers flew on domestic and foreign carriers in the United States, a five percent increase over the previous all-time record which was set in 2014.

American Airlines led all airlines in the U.S. with over 146.5 million passengers served, followed closely by Southwest Airlines which flew over 144.5 million people last year.

While July is the busiest month of the year for airlines in the U.S—last year’s total rose 5.9 percent over July 2014—November 2015 had the largest year-over-year increase with 7.6 percent.

As far as the busiest airports in America, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport finished in the top spot, with Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport rounding out the top three, respectively.

Here are the year-by-year totals (2003-2015) for all scheduled U.S. domestic and international based flights, via the Department of Transportation:

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