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International traffic leads Sea-Tac passenger traffic to 2 percent increase

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on July 31, 2012 at 10:15 am |
July 31, 2012 11:35 am

Passenger traffic at Sea-Tac Airport is up more than two percent during 2012′s first six months over last year’s record-setting pace.

That increase was led by a 6.57 percent increase in inbound international passenger traffic. Outbound traffic to international destinations is up 5.16 percent, new airport statistics show.

Domestic passenger traffic increased 1.68 percent through June. Total Sea-Tac Airport traffic was up by 319,217 passengers to 15,408,856, a 2.07 percent in the year’s first half.

Cargo was down slightly, 1.17 percent, the airport said.

Alaska Air Group, which owns both Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air and contracts with Skywest for some service from Sea-Tac, maintained its lead as the airport’s dominant carrier with nearly 52 percent of passenger traffic in the first half.

Alaska Airlines traffic alone increased by 234,127 passengers through June.

Second place at Sea-Tac was Delta Air Lines which held an 11.04 percent market share with its regional affiliates.

Just behind Delta was the combination of United and Continental, which have merged, with 10.86 percent of the market share.

Southwest is fourth with a market share of 8.06 percent.

Of the foreign carriers at Sea-Tac, British has the largest market followed by Lufthansa.

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