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[ March 29, 2017   //   ]

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports that U.S. airlines and foreign airlines serving the United States carried an all-time high of 928.9 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in 2016, 3.5% more than the previous record high of 897.9 million reached in 2015.
The systemwide increase was the result of a 3.3% rise from 2015 in the number of passengers on domestic flights (719.0 million in 2016) and 4.0% growth from 2015 in passengers on U.S. and foreign airlines’ flights to and from the US (209.9 million in 2016).
U.S. airlines carried 3.3% more passengers on domestic flights and 1.7% more passengers on international flights in 2016 than in 2015 for a systemwide increase of 3.1%. Foreign airlines carried 6.3% more passengers to and from the US than in 2015. The 209.9 million passengers on international flights to and from the US was a record high, exceeding the previous high set in 2015.
This data is important since most US carriers haul cargo in the belly hold of passenger flights.

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