Most Popular Airlines, Busiest Airports – Latest Government Figures Released

Did your favorite airline make the Big 3? A trio of U.S. carriers took most passengers honors according to new government statistics covering the month of October 2012. Here are the winners:

Busiest U.S. Airlines

Most U.S. Passengers – October 2012

Most domestic passengers Southwest Airlines
Most international passengers United Airlines
Most system-wide passengers Delta Air Lines

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Slight Decrease in Passengers

Delta carried more travelers than any other U.S. airline last October and it also holds that distinction for year-to-date numbers (January through October 2012). For those keeping score, U.S. airlines flew more than 60.8 million passengers that month, but that was actually a slight decrease overall thanks to fewer domestic travelers (there was, however, a slight increase in international flyers).

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Busiest U.S. Airports

Some may be surprised to learn that the busiest U.S. airports were not New York’s JFK or Chicago’s O’Hare.

  • Busiest airport for domestic passengers: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International
  • Busiest airport for international passengers: Miami International

Those two airports also lead (so far) in the year-to-date figures for all of 2012.

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Published: January 23, 2013