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Why does author use "but" in there?

Today I've an article about solar powered airplane HB-SIA. There was following sentence:
"There is room for but a single person aboard HB-SIA, and the cockpit is best described as cozy."

Why does author use "but" in there?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    It's an old-fashioned way of saying 'only'.

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