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Charlotte/Douglas traffic soars 12 percent

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport had 12 percent more passengers in August compared with the same month last year, the biggest increase among the top 10 busiest U.S. airports, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Nationwide, airport traffic increased 1.8 percent during the period.

For August, 1.65 million passengers traveled through Charlotte/Douglas, making it the sixth busiest in the U.S., up from No. 14 during the same period last year. Los Angeles International Airport had the second-largest increase, with 5 percent more passengers in August compared with August 2009.

Five of the top 10 busiest airports had passenger declines in August.

In July, Charlotte-Douglas was ranked the eighth-busiest U.S. airport, with 1.7 million enplaned passengers traveling through. With 12 million passengers from January to August, a 5 percent increase over the same period last year, Charlotte-Douglas was the eighth-busiest U.S. airport.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was ranked the busiest in August but experienced a 0.1 percent decline in passengers over August 2009.

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