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September 20, 2017

Year-to-Date Passenger Count for U.S. Airlines Reach All-Time High
U.S. airlines carried 414.4 million passengers during the first six months of 2017, besting the previous high of 403.1 million set in 2016.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there were 360.9 million domestic and 53.5 million international passengers during the first two quarters of the year.

The increase was due to growth in international passenger travel outpacing growth in international capacity, offsetting a domestic capacity growth rate that slightly exceeded passenger travel growth.

Load factor, or the percentage of seats filled, increased 0.2 percentage points to 82.9 in 2017 due to a 3.1 percent increase in traffic that grew faster than the 2.8 percent increase in capacity.

According to a recent traffic update, passenger count for Hawaiian Airlines increased 3.2 percent through August to 7.68 million. The airline's traffic, or revenue passenger miles, grew 1 percent to 1.4 billion in August, with year-to-date traffic up 5.4 percent to 10.8 billion.

The airline announced Friday that it is recruiting for several positions to service its new fleet of 18 A321neo aircraft, hiring flight attendants, pilots and mechanics. It will also soon take delivery of its 24th wide-body A330 aircraft and open a new cargo and maintenance facility at the Honolulu International Airport.

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By Katie Murar, Reporter, Pacific Business News.
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