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Charlotte Douglas airport passenger count up 1 percent this year

Passengers check their baggage in at the US Airways ticket counters at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Nov. 18,2014.
Passengers check their baggage in at the US Airways ticket counters at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Nov. 18,2014. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

The number of travelers using Charlotte Douglas International Airport is up 1 percent compared to last year, airport officials said Tuesday.

Through May, the number of travelers rose to 18.2 million. As American Airlines’ second-busiest hub, behind Dallas/Fort Worth, most of the travelers using Charlotte Douglas are connecting from one flight to another. Such connecting traffic typically makes up more than three quarters of the travelers at Charlotte Douglas.

The number of flights at Charlotte Douglas increased 1 percent as well, rising to 224,222 takeoffs and landings through May.

One area that didn’t do well: International travel. The number of people flying internationally fell more than 3 percent, to just under 1.2 million. American Airlines has pared back international routes from Charlotte Douglas since merging with US Airways in late 2013, such as flights to Brussels and Lisbon. Charlotte Douglas said those cuts were the reason for the drop in international traffic.

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