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November passenger traffic rises slightly at Charlotte Douglas

The number of travelers using Charlotte Douglas International Airport rose less than 1 percent in November from the same month last year, but officials said 2013 is still on pace to be the airport’s busiest year ever.

Passenger traffic increased 0.5 percent in November, to just under 3.5 million travelers. The late Thanksgiving holiday may have played a role in limiting the increase, because the Nov. 28 date pushed returning fliers’ trips into December.

In 2012, Charlotte Douglas set a new passenger record, with 41.2 million fliers. The airport is on track to surpass that in 2013, as passenger traffic was up 5 percent for the year through November.

The number of takeoffs and landings at Charlotte Douglas is up 1 percent through November 2013, compared to the same time in 2012. That puts the airport on pace to see a record number of flights as well.

Final passenger numbers for 2013 will be reported in the coming weeks. Charlotte Douglas is the second-busiest hub in the new American Airlines network, behind Dallas/Fort Worth.

Portillo: 704-358-5041; Twitter: @ESPortillo
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