DOT: 2014 Was Record Year for Travel to and Within the United States
The number of passengers flown by U.S. airlines and foreign airlines serving the United States soared in 2014 to an all-time high according to Department of Transportation figures just released.
The agency’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics said that the number of passengers rose by 2.5% to 848.1 million in 2014, eclipsing the previous record high of 838.4 million. Domestic passenger traffic was up 2.6% and passengers on international flights climbed by 2.3%.
American Airlines, which is in the process of combining its two carriers following the 2013 merger with US Airways, carried the most passengers, 145 million, although the agency continued to list the two separately. Delta Air Lines ranked second with 129 million, and Southwest came in third with 127 million.
The busiest airport in the United States in 2014 was Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with 47 million passengers, followed by Los Angeles International and Chicago O’Hare International airports with 34 and 33 million respectively.
For international traffic, however, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport continued to eclipse all others in the United States, with 13.5 million international passengers in 2014, compared to 9.7 million at Los Angeles International Airport and 8.9 million at Miami International Airport.
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