March 23, 2012- The total number of air passengers increased on airlines in the U.S. to over 730 million during 2011. That was an increase of 1.3% over 2010, the Department of Transportation announced on Thursday.
Over 640 million people flew domestically in the U.S. on U.S. airlines, while over 92 million flew U.S. airlines internationally. The Department of Transportation’s annual report of airline traffic ranked the Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport as the busiest airport for departures within the U.S. Southwest and Delta were named as the two airlines that carried more domestic and international passengers during 2011.
Even though the total air passenger count was small in 2011, the FAA announced recently that it expects passenger travel on airlines to double within the next two decades. That number, the FAA said, should reach over 1.2 billion per year.
The Department of Transportation released in February its airline performance annual report. The report showed there were very few improvements in service, but declines in service were stagnant.
With the economy starting to increase, more travellers are tempted to fly. However, the constant increases in oil prices have made the airlines increase their airfares and many travellers are now considering not flying during the upcoming peak summer season.