Passenger revenue at U.S. airlines rose 19% in September, according to the Air Transport Association, outpacing the 17% gain recorded in August. The sharpest gains came on international routes, where passenger revenue was up 35% compared to year-earlier levels. "Once again, the global economy is driving spending on air travel with passenger revenue exceeding last year's depressed levels," noted ATA President and CEO James May. "The industry remains hopeful that the nation's economic recovery will progress in the months ahead."

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