Passenger boardings at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport were up 5.3 percent in June to 35,938 passengers.

There were 35,921 passengers who got off aircraft, up 5.7 percent, the airport reported Friday.

Combined, passenger traffic reached 71,859, a 5.5 percent increase over June 2010.

Year-to-date through June, Metro Airport departures were up 10.7 percent on 12.6 percent more seating capacity, and total passenger volume was up 10.6 percent at 402,971 passengers.

Jim Caldwell, the airport’s Air Service Development, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, attributed the addition of US Airways flights and an increase in seating capacity by Continental Airlines as key factors in the year-over-year growth.

US Airways reached the one-year anniversary for its Baton Rouge to Charlotte hub service that started June 24, 2010.

Delta remains the top Metro Airport carrier with a 39 percent passenger share.

Second is Continental at 28 percent.

American Eagle is at 24 percent, and US Airways is at 9 percent.