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The Associated Press September 16, 2010, 4:25PM ET

US air traffic up in June from a year earlier

U.S. airlines carried 65 million passengers in June, the government said Thursday, 2.3 percent higher than the same month a year ago but still down from pre-recession levels.

Traffic on U.S. airlines in June was 4.4 percent below what it was in June 2008.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics said U.S. airlines carried 1.4 percent more domestic passengers in June and 8.4 percent more international passengers than in June 2009. Planes were fuller than any other June on record.

For the first six months of 2010, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines increased 1.2 percent from the same period in 2009, but declined 8 percent from the first six months of 2008.

Delta Air Lines Inc. carried more total passengers than any other U.S. airline. Southwest Airlines carried the most passengers domestically.

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International retained its title as the busiest U.S. airport.

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