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Southwest creeping up to No. 1 US airline

08/24/2007| 10:09:00 AM| 中文

Southwest Airlines Co. is on pace to replace the US's No. 1 airline for five years, American Airlines.

Southwest Airlines Co. is on pace to replace the US´s No. 1 airline for five years, American Airlines.

The domestic-only discount carrier already eclipsed American´s combined domestic and international traffic during the first five months of 2007, according to a government report.

Southwest carried 40.3 million passengers on domestic routes between January and May, an increase of 4.2% from last year.

American carried 40 million passengers during the January-May period, down 1.8% from last year´s levels, according to the AP.

Last year, Dallas-based Southwest was the No. 2 airline worldwide, according to International Air Transport Association passenger traffic statistics. It carried about 96.3 million passengers, ranking behind Fort Worth, Texas-based American, which carried about 100 million passengers.

American has been the top U.S. airline for the past five years, according to the Transportation Department´s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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