May 03, 2006

On June 1, US Airways will begin once-daily nonstop flights from its Philadelphia hub to Portland, Ore.

According to the Air System Traffic Data for 2005 released by the United States Department of Transportation, airlines carried 4.6 percent more passengers in 2005 over 2004 while operating more flights both domestically and internationally. American Eagle Airlines was the fastest growing of the top 10 airlines, with a 17.9 percent boost in passengers. United Airlines carried 5.7 percent fewer passengers, the biggest drop of the 10 largest carriers. American Airlines was tops in passenger volume again in 2005, carrying 98.1 million passengers. As for the nation's top 10 airports, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport welcomed the most flyers, with 41.6 million domestic and international boardings; Houston Bush Intercontinental was the fastest growing with a 9.9 percent jump in boardings; and Dallas-Fort Worth International was the only top 10 U.S. airport with fewer boardings in 2005 than 2004, with a 0.1 percent drop.