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U.S. airlines carried 71.8 million international and domestic passengers in July 2014, a 3.8 percent increase over July 2013, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

In the first seven months of 2014, U.S. airlines carried 445.1 million domestic and international passengers, a 2.3 percent increase over the same period in 2013.

Every month, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases data regarding recent travel activity, including details about passenger traffic on U.S. airlines. This is the most recent data available.

Domestically, U.S. airlines carried 385.3 million passengers, up 2.1 percent from 2013. Internationally, they carried 59.8 million passengers, up 3.5 percent from 2013.

Although July 2014 systemwide load factor was up only 0.1 percent year-over-year to 86.7 percent, domestic and international load factors reached record highs at 87.8 percent and 84.4 percent, respectively.

For the seven-month January-July period, systemwide (83.8 percent) and domestic (85.1 percent) load factors were at all-time highs, exceeding the previous highs in 2013. The international load factor (81 percent) was down from 2013.

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