June 10, 2020 / 3:31 PM / 2 months ago

U.S. air passengers fell 96% in April to historic low -- government

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) - U.S. airlines carried 3 million passengers in April, a staggering 96% decline amid the coronavirus pandemic and flight restrictions, the Transportation Department said Wednesday.

The department said U.S. airlines carried about 2.8 million domestic passengers and 132,000 international passengers. International passengers fell 99% over April 2019 as the U.S. imposed flight restrictions on many international visitors.

Total U.S. airline passengers were the lowest since 1974 when the government began collecting monthly data. By comparison, there were 76.1 million total U.S. airline passengers in April 2019. (Reporting by David Shepardson)

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