US carriers carried 2.2% more passengers in March than a year earlier, though increased airline capacity meant aircraft were full, according to statistics from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The increase in March represented the 14th-straight month of growth in passenger counts over their prior-year levels, reflecting an ongoing recovery in demand for air travel. DOT figures show airline carried 63.6 million scheduled passengers in March. Traffic, in terms of revenue passenger miles, increased 2.7%. Load factor fell to 80.7% from 82.7% as capacity was 5.1% higher.

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