Lambert-St. Louis International Airport recorded an upswing in passenger traffic for the first month of 2013 with an increase of 2.3 percent in enplanements (departing passengers). In the year over year look, Lambert boarded 448,330 passengers versus 438,049 passengers in January 2012. The overall look at passenger activity in January, both departing and arriving passengers, showed an increase of 17,406 passengers or two percent. The latest passenger numbers continues the upward momentum from 2012 where Lambert served more than 12.7 million total passengers, a year over year increase of 1 percent.
Commercial aircraft departures held steady in January at 6,978 compared to one year ago with 6,964. Total cargo weight of mail and freight increased 18 percent in January versus January 2012. Cargo carriers and commercial airlines carried 13.2 million pounds of cargo in January compared to 11.2 million in 2012.
Lambert operates nearly 250 average daily departures to 62 non-stop destinations. Southwest Airlines is the leading airline measured by total enplaned passengers with a 48 percent market share. American Airlines flew 16 percent of Lambert passengers in January; Delta Airlines flew 13 percent.
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