More passengers are flying the friendly skies this year, according to air traffic statistics at the Salt Lake City International Airport.

The statistics show that 5,094,434 passengers have enplaned or deplaned at the Salt Lake airport since the beginning of the year through June 1988 - an increase of 1.55 percent.Airmail and cargo traffic, however, have decreased during the same period at the airport. For the first six months of this year, 55,228 tons of airmail and cargo have gone through the airport, a decrease of 7.46 percent from last year.