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Charlotte/Douglas moves up in traffic ranking

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport was the eighth most used airport in July, up from No. 11 a year ago, according to a report released Friday by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The 1.7 million emplaned passengers traveling through the airport represented a 6.2 percent increase over July 2009, when the airport was ranked 11th, and a 13 percent increase over June of this year, when 1.5 million passengers travelled through the airport.

Passenger traffic from January to July of this year has increased by 3.9 percent at the airport, the largest year-over increase of any airport in the top 10 list, five of which experienced passenger declines.

Of the top three airports in July, Atlanta, ranked the top airport, had a 0.7 percent decline in passengers; Chicago O’Hare, ranked second, had a 2.8 percent increase; and Dallas/Fort Worth, ranked third, had a 2.3 percent decline.

Nationally, domestic and international passenger traffic increased 0.4 percent in July over July 2009 and 1.1 percent from January to July compared with the same time last year.

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