The Transportation Department released its final tally of U.S. airline traffic data for 2012, reporting that U.S. airlines’ load factor for the year averaged 82.8%, the highest percentage since 1945.

In domestic scheduled service, the average load factor was even higher at 83.4%.

Among other highlights of the year, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics said, “For the third consecutive year, Delta carried more total system passengers in 2012 than any other airline. Southwest carried more domestic passengers than any other U.S. airline for the ninth consecutive year and the newly-merged United carried the most international passengers.

“The top 10 US airlines carried 80% of system-wide passengers, an increase from the 75.5% carried by the U.S. airlines that were in the top 10 during 2011.”

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