WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. airlines carried 56.6 million passengers in May, up 19% over April but still 30% below 2019 levels, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday.
The airlines carried 27% fewer domestic passengers and 51% fewer international passengers in May versus pre-pandemic May 2019 when there were 81 million passengers. Traffic in May was up more than 600% over what U.S. airlines carried in May 2020 during COVID-19 shutdowns when there were just 8 million U.S. airline passengers.
The data covers the 18 largest U.S. airlines that represent more than 90% of all traffic.
Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Jonathan Oatis
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