Airline passenger totals keep rising
The latest data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics show that U.S. airlines carried 53.7 million passengers in January, up 2.2% from a year earlier.
From February 2010 to January 2011, the number of passengers flying on U.S. airlines has increased each month, compared with the same month a year earlier.
In that same 12-month period, the percentage of airline seats filled on each flight -- known as the load factor -- has also increased each month, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
In January, the load factor for U.S. airlines was 76.5%, compared with 75.6% in January 2010.
-- Hugo Martin
Photo: Planes taxi on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport. Credit: Los Angeles Times