US airlines flew 572.89 billion domestic RPMs in 2005, an increase of 4.5% over 2004, according to statistics released yesterday by the US Dept. of Transportation. The number of passengers increased 4.1% to 634.5 million. Capacity rose just 0.9% to 742.27 billion ASMs and load factor grew 2.7 points to 77.2%. Southwest Airlines continued to set the pace with 88 million passengers, compared with 81 million in 2004. Delta Air Lines was second and American Airlines third.

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