You are here

October 2012 Airline System Passengers Decline 0.6% from October 2011

Press Release Number: 
BTS 03-13
Date: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Media Contact: 
Dave Smallen - 202-366-5568

bts003_13.pdf | bts003_13.xls

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that U.S. airlines carried 60.8 million scheduled systemwide passengers in October 2012, 0.6 percent fewer than in October 2011. The systemwide decline was the result of a 0.8 percent decrease in the number of domestic passengers (53.7 million) despite a 1.0 percent increase in international passengers (7.2 million) (Tables 1, 2, 7, 13).

Passengers on All U.S. Scheduled Airlines (Domestic & International), November 2007-October 2012

bts003_13_chart.xls

Passengers on All U.S. Scheduled Airlines (Domestic & International), November 2007-October 2012

Source for Recession Dates: National Bureau of Economic Research, US Business Cycle Expansions and Contractions

Although the total number of passengers in the month of October 2012 declined from a year ago, U.S. airlines carried 0.9 percent more total system passengers during the first 10 months of 2012 (619.0 million) than during the same period in 2011 (Table 2). Domestically, U.S. airlines carried 539.2 million passengers, up 0.8 percent from 2011 (Table 8). Internationally, they carried 79.8 million passengers, up 1.8 percent from 2011 (Table 14). See Tables 2, 8 and 14 of Air Traffic Press Releases for previous-year data.

Additional traffic data can be found on the BTS Airlines and Airports page.  Click on a link in the Quick Links box on the right.  For more historical data, see Traffic on the BTS website.

Load Factor and Capacity

 Domestic (84.1) and systemwide (83.4) passenger load factors reached record levels for the month of October while the international load factor (81.5) remained below the levels reached in 2009 and 2010 (Tables 1, 7, 13). Continuing earlier service reductions, domestic capacity, measured by available seat-miles, was down 1.4 percent in October 2012 compared to October 2011. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) declined by 0.7 percent (Table 7). The international load factor in October rose from October 2011 with a 0.1 percent decrease in RPMs compared to a decrease in capacity of 1.9 percent (Table 13). Systemwide capacity declined 1.6 percent compared to a 0.5 percent decline in RPMs (Table 1). See Tables 1, 7 and 13 of Air Traffic Press Releases for previous-year data.

Top Airlines

Monthly: In October 2012, Delta Air Lines carried more system passengers than any other U.S. airline (Table 4) and Southwest Airlines carried the most domestic passengers (Table 10).  United Airlines, following its merger with Continental Airlines, carried the most international passengers (Table 16). The top 10 U.S. airlines in terms of passengers carried 80.6 percent of systemwide passengers, up from 75.7 percent carried by the U.S. airlines that were in the top 10 in October 2011.

Year-to-date: During the first 10 months of 2012, Delta carried more system passengers than any other U.S. airline (Table 3) and Southwest carried the most domestic passengers (Table 9).  United, following its merger with Continental, carried the most international passengers (Table 15). The top 10 U.S. airlines carried 80.0 percent of systemwide passengers, up from 75.5 percent carried by the U.S. airlines that were in the top 10 during the first 10 months of 2011.

Southwest and AirTran Airways are reporting as separate carriers with the exception of their financial reports.  They have one FAA SOC (single operating certificate), requiring that they utilize the same safety/operating procedures, but they have separate DOT 401 economic certificates, meaning they remain operating as separate economic entities. 

United and Continental began reporting jointly as United in January 2012.  Numbers reported as United in this release for previous years do not include Continental’s numbers. 

ExpressJet Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines began reporting jointly as ExpressJet in January 2012. Numbers reported as ExpressJet in this release for previous years do not include Atlantic Southeast’s numbers. 

Top Airports

Monthly: In October, more total system and domestic passengers boarded planes at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International than at any other U.S. airport (Tables 6 and 12); and more international passengers boarded U.S. carriers at Miami than at any other U.S. airport (Table 18).

Year-to-date: During the first 10 months of 2012, more total system and domestic passengers boarded planes at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson than at any other U.S. airport (Tables 5 and 11); and more international passengers boarded U.S. carriers at Miami than at any other U.S. airport (Table 17).

For other year-to-date and monthly comparisons, see the following tables:

System (Domestic + International) (Tables 1-6)

Table 1 (October and January through October 2011 and 2012):
Passengers
Flights
Revenue passenger-miles (RPMs)
Available seat-miles (ASMs)
Passenger load factor
Flight stage length
Passenger trip length

Table 2
System scheduled enplanements on U.S. airlines by month since January 2010

Airline Rankings

Table 3
January through October: Top 10 airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Table 4
August: Top 10 airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

Table 5
January through October: Top 10 airports by scheduled passenger enplanements on U.S. airlines

Table 6
October: Top 10 airports by scheduled passenger enplanements on U.S. airlines

Scheduled Domestic Air Travel (Tables 7-12)

Table 7 (October and January through October):
Domestic passengers
Domestic flights
Domestic revenue passenger-miles (RPMs)
Domestic available seat-miles (ASMs)
Domestic passenger load factor
Domestic flight stage length
Domestic passenger trip length

Table 8
Domestic scheduled enplanements on U.S. airlines by month since January 2010

Airline Rankings

Table 9
January through October: Top 10 domestic airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Table 10
October: Top 10 domestic airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

Table 11
January through October: Top 10 domestic airports by scheduled passenger enplanements

Table 12
October: Top 10 domestic airports by scheduled passenger enplanements

Scheduled International Air Travel on U.S. Airlines (Tables 13-18)

Table 13 (October and January through October):
International passengers
International flights
International revenue passenger-miles on U.S. airlines (RPMs)
International available seat-miles on U.S. airlines (ASMs)
International passenger load factor on U.S. airlines
International flight stage length on U.S. airlines
International passenger trip length on U.S. airlines

Table 14
International scheduled enplanements on U.S. airlines by month since January 2010

Airline Rankings

Table 15
January through October: Top 10 U.S. airlines by scheduled international passenger enplanements

Table 16
October: Top 10 U.S. airlines by scheduled international passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

Table 17
January through October: Top 10 airports by scheduled international passenger enplanements on U.S. airlines

Table 18
October: Top 10 airports by scheduled international passenger enplanements on U.S. airlines

Reporting Notes

Data are compiled from monthly reports filed with BTS by commercial U.S. air carriers detailing operations, passenger traffic and freight traffic. This release includes data received by BTS from 72 carriers as of Jan. 8 for U.S. carrier scheduled civilian operations. Go to http://www.transtats.bts.gov/releaseinfo.asp for the complete list of reporting and non-reporting carriers. U.S. carriers’ foreign point-to-point flights are included in system and international totals. To create a customized table for passengers, flights, RPMs, ASMs and other data, including non-scheduled service, go to http://apps.bts.gov/xml/air_traffic/src/index.xml#CustomizeTable

Traffic numbers are available on the BTS website at TranStats, the Intermodal Transportation Database, at http://transtats.bts.gov.  Click on “Aviation.”  For system passengers, RPMs and ASMs by carrier through October, click on “Air Carrier Summary Data (Form 41 and 298C Summary Data),” and then click on “Schedule T-1.” Use crosstabs to find scheduled service.

For domestic numbers through October and international numbers through July by origin as well as by carrier, after clicking on “Aviation,” click on “Air Carrier Statistics (Form 41 Traffic).”  Click on “T-100 Market” for system passenger numbers, “T-100 Domestic Market” for domestic or “T-100 International Market” for international.  For flights, stage length and trip length, use the appropriate T-100 Segment database. Use crosstabs to find scheduled service.

TranStats system and international totals do not include U.S. carriers’ foreign point-to-point flights. For October, U.S. carriers reported 198,536 foreign point-to-point passengers. For January through October, U.S. carriers reported 1,986,818 foreign point-to-point passengers.

Data are subject to revision. BTS has scheduled Feb. 22 for the release of November 2012 traffic data.

Table 1: Scheduled System (Domestic and International) Airline Travel on U.S. Airlines

  Monthly Year-to-Date
Oct 2011 Oct 2012 Change % 2011 2012 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 61.2 60.8 -0.6 613.5 619.0 0.9
Flights (in thousands) 787.8 754.9 -4.2 7,962.3 7,808.4 -1.9
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 67.3 67.0 -0.5 686.3 693.9 1.1
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 81.6 80.3 -1.6 835.2 836.2 0.1
Load Factor* 82.5 83.4 0.9 82.2 83.0 0.8
Flight Stage Length** 734.7 748.0 1.8 743.0 754.9 1.6
Passenger Trip Length*** 1,099.6 1,100.9 0.1 1,118.8 1,121.0 0.2

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market and Segment

*Change in load factor points

**The average non-stop distance flown per departure in miles

*** The average distance flown per passenger in miles

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 2: Total System (Domestic and International) Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

  2010 2011 2010-2011 Pct. Change 2012 2011-2012 Pct. Change
January 52.6 53.7 2.2 54.4 1.4
February 48.7 50.1 2.9 53.1 6.1
March 62.2 63.6 2.2 64.5 1.4
April 59.7 60.5 1.5 61.5 1.6
May 61.5 63.9 3.9 63.7 -0.3
June 65.0 66.2 1.9 66.6 0.6
July 68.4 69.9 2.2 69.2 -1.0
August 66.3 66.3 0.1 67.8 2.2
September 57.4 58.1 1.2 57.4 -1.1
October 62.1 61.2 -1.5 60.8 0.6
November 58.2 58.3 0.2    
December 58.6 59.1 0.8    
10 Mo. Total 603.8 613.5 1.6 619.0 0.9
Yr. Total 720.5 730.8 1.4    

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 3: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by January-October 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Jan-Oct 2012 Rank Carrier Jan-Oct 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Oct 2011 Rank Jan-Oct 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Delta 98.142 1 95.865 2.4
2 Southwest** 94.031 2 92.453 1.7
3 United*** 78.202 4 37.817 NA
  Continental - 6 42.806 NA
  UA/CO Combined*** 78.202 - 80.622 -3.0
4 American 72.247 3 72.224 0.0
5 US Airways 45.360 5 44.196 2.6
6 ExpressJet**** 27.110 12 13.499 NA
  Atlantic Southeast - 13 11.981 NA
  EV/XE Combined**** 27.110 - 25.480 6.4
7 JetBlue 24.116 7 21.822 10.5
8 SkyWest 21.859 9 20.502 6.6
9 AirTran 18.511 8 20.746 -10.8
10 American Eagle 15.745 11 14.478 8.8

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

** Southwest and AirTran are reporting as separate carriers with the exception of the financials.  They have one FAA SOC (single operating certificate), requiring that they utilize the same safety/operating procedures, but they have separate DOT 401 economic certificates, meaning they are operating as separate economic entities.

*** United's 2012 number is the report of the merged United and Continental.  The 2011 numbers were reported separately by United and Continental.

**** ExpressJet's 2012 number is the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast.

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases.

Table 4: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by October 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Oct 2012 Rank Carrier Oct 2012 Enplaned Passengers Oct 2011 Rank Oct 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Delta 9.996 1 9.571 4.4
2 Southwest** 9.590 2 9.522 0.7
3 United*** 7.338 5 4.171 NA
  Continental - 6 3.587 NA
  UA/CO Combined*** 7.338 - 7.758 -5.4
4 American 6.946 3 7.234 -4.0
5 US Airways 4.455 4 4.394 1.4
6 ExpressJet**** 2.857 12 1.289 NA
  Atlantic Southeast - 13 1.247 NA
  EV/XE Combined**** 2.857 - 2.536 12.6
7 SkyWest 2.277 8 2.077 9.6
8 JetBlue 2.194 7 2.159 1.7
9 AirTran 1.673 9 2.012 -16.9
10 American Eagle 1.630 10 1.575 3.5

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

** Southwest and AirTran are reporting as separate carriers with the exception of the financials.  They have one FAA SOC (single operating certificate), requiring that they utilize the same safety/operating procedures, but they have separate DOT 401 economic certificates, meaning they are operating as separate economic entities.

*** United's 2012 number is the report of the merged United and Continental.  The 2011 numbers were reported separately by United and Continental.

**** ExpressJet's 2012 number is the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast.

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases.

Table 5: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by January-October 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines**

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Jan-Oct 2012 Rank Airport Jan-Oct 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Oct 2011 Rank Jan-Oct 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 37.901 1 36.722 3.2
2 Chicago O'Hare 25.217 2 25.061 0.6
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 22.964 3 22.717 1.1
4 Denver 21.431 4 21.353 0.4
5 Los Angeles 20.964 5 20.422 2.7
6 Charlotte 16.599 7 15.767 5.3
7 Phoenix 16.083 6 16.252 -1.0
8 San Francisco 15.601 10 14.494 7.6
9 Las Vegas 15.543 8 15.549 0.0
10 Houston Bush 15.180 9 15.336 -1.0

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

** Numbers do not include international enplanements on foreign carriers

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see Air Traffic Press Releases

Table 6: Top 10 U.S. Airports ranked by October 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines**

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Oct 2012 Rank Airport Oct 2012 Enplaned Passengers Oct 2011 Rank Oct 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 3.897 1 3.810 2.3
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.615 2 2.675 -2.3
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 2.339 3 2.344 -0.2
4 Denver 2.175 4 2.107 3.2
5 Los Angeles 2.022 5 2.026 -0.2
6 Charlotte 1.677 8 1.568 7.0
7 Las Vegas 1.630 6 1.671 -2.4
8 San Francisco 1.612 9 1.536 4.9
9 Phoenix 1.588 7 1.582 0.4
10 Houston 1.438 10 1.443 -0.3

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

** Numbers do not include international enplanements on foreign carriers

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see Air Traffic Press Releases

Table 7: Domestic Scheduled Airline Travel on U.S. Airlines

  Monthly Year-to-Date
Oct 2011 Oct 2012 Change % 2011 2012 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 54.1 53.7 -0.8 535.1 539.2 0.8
Flights (in thousands) 723.2 690.5 -4.5 7,263.3 7,098.5 -2.3
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 47.0 46.6 -0.7 473.2 477.7 1.0
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 56.2 55.4 -1.4 570.1 571.3 0.2
Load Factor* 83.6 84.1 0.5 83.0 83.6 0.6
Flight Stage Length** 629.1 640.5 1.8 634.7 645.4 1.7
Passenger Trip Length*** 867.9 869.1 0.1 884.4 886.0 0.2

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Domestic Market and Segment

* Change in load factor points

**The average non-stop distance flown per departure in miles

*** The average distance flown per passenger in miles

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 8: Domestic Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

  2010 2011 2010-2011 Pct. Change 2012 2011-2012 Pct. Change
January 45.5 46.3 1.8 47.1 1.7
February 42.4 43.7 2.9 46.4 6.4
March 54.4 55.6 2.3 56.2 1.0
April 52.5 52.9 0.7 53.7 1.6
May 53.8 56.0 4.0 55.7 -0.4
June 56.7 57.8 1.9 57.9 0.2
July 59.1 60.3 2.0 59.7 -1.0
August 57.4 57.4 0.1 58.6 2.2
September 50.3 51.0 1.3 50.1 -1.7
October 54.8 54.1 -1.3 53.7 -0.8
November 51.4 51.7 0.5    
December 51.1 51.5 0.9    
10 Mo. Total 527.0 535.1 1.5 539.2 0.8
Yr. Total 629.5 638.2 1.4    

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Domestic Market

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 9: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by January-October 2012 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Jan-Oct 2012 Rank Carrier Jan-Oct 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Oct 2011 Rank Jan-Oct 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Southwest* 94.031 1 92.453 1.7
2 Delta 80.225 2 78.010 2.8
3 United** 57.082 5 33.528 NA
  Continental - 6 25.984 NA
  UA/CO Combined 57.082 - 59.512 -4.1
4 American 54.414 3 54.779 -0.7
5 US Airways 39.528 4 38.409 2.9
6 ExpressJet**** 24.832 12 12.253 NA
  Atlantic Southeast - 13 11.750 NA
  EV/XE Combined**** 24.832 - 24.003 3.5
7 SkyWest 20.769 9 19.095 8.8
8 JetBlue 20.718 8 18.989 9.1
9 AirTran 17.435 7 20.059 -13.1
10 American Eagle 14.675 10 13.399 9.5

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Domestic Market

* Southwest and AirTran are reporting as separate carriers with the exception of the financials.  They have one FAA SOC (single operating certificate), requiring that they utilize the same safety/operating procedures, but they have separate DOT 401 economic certificates, meaning they are operating as separate economic entities.

** United's 2012 number is the report of the merged United and Continental.  The 2011 numbers were reported separately by United and Continental.

*** ExpressJet's 2012 number is the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast.

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases.

Table 10: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by October 2012 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Oct 2012 Rank Carrier Oct 2012 Enplaned Passengers Oct 2011 Rank Oct 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Southwest** 9.590 1 9.522 0.7
2 Delta 8.366 2 7.987 4.7
3 United*** 5.511 5 3.270 NA
  Continental - 6 2.596 NA
  UA/CO Combined*** 5.511 - 5.865 -6.0
4 American 5.307 3 5.598 -5.2
5 US Airways 3.980 4 3.907 1.9
6 ExpressJet**** 2.597 13 1.155 NA
  Atlantic Southeast - 12 1.216 NA
  EV/XE Combined**** 2.597 - 2.371 9.5
7 SkyWest 2.166 8 1.929 12.3
8 JetBlue 1.922 9 1.905 0.9
9 AirTran 1.569 7 1.956 -19.8
10 American Eagle 1.522 10 1.457 4.4

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Domestic Market

* Southwest and AirTran are reporting as separate carriers with the exception of the financials.  They have one FAA SOC (single operating certificate), requiring that they utilize the same safety/operating procedures, but they have separate DOT 401 economic certificates, meaning they are operating as separate economic entities.

** United's 2012 number is the report of the merged United and Continental.  The 2011 numbers were reported separately by United and Continental.

*** ExpressJet's 2012 number is the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast.

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases.

Table 11: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by January-October 2012 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Jan-Oct 2012 Rank Airport Jan-Oct 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Oct 2011 Rank Jan-Oct 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 34.388 1 33.221 3.5
2 Chicago O'Hare 22.779 2 22.445 1.5
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 20.955 4 20.817 0.7
4 Denver 20.939 3 20.836 0.5
5 Los Angeles 19.346 5 18.771 3.1
6 Las Vegas 15.532 7 15.533 0.0
7 Phoenix 15.456 6 15.600 -0.9
8 Charlotte 15.442 8 14.653 5.4
9 San Francisco 14.061 9 13.071 7.6
10 Orlando 12.814 10 13.039 -1.7

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Domestic Market

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see Air Traffic Press Releases

Table 12: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by October 2012 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Oct 2012 Rank Airport Oct 2012 Enplaned Passengers Oct 2011 Rank Oct 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 3.578 1 3.511 1.9
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.369 2 2.417 -2.0
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 2.146 3 2.164 -0.8
4 Denver 2.136 4 2.066 3.4
5 Los Angeles 1.873 5 1.871 0.1
6 Las Vegas 1.630 6 1.668 -2.3
7 Charlotte 1.592 8 1.483 7.3
8 Phoenix 1.528 7 1.521 0.5
9 San Francisco 1.452 9 1.386 4.8
10 Minneapolis 1.285 10 1.258 2.1

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Domestic Market

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see Air Traffic Press Releases

Table 13: International Scheduled Airline Travel on U.S. Airlines

  Monthly Year-to-Date
Oct 2011 Oct 2012 Change % 2011 2012 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 7.1 7.2 1.0 78.4 79.8 1.8
Flights (in thousands) 64.6 64.4 -0.3 699.1 709.9 1.5
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 20.3 20.3 -0.1 213.1 216.2 1.4
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 25.4 24.9 -1.9 265.1 264.9 -0.1
Load Factor* 79.9 81.5 1.6 80.4 81.6 1.2
Flight Stage Length** 1,917.5 1,900.7 -0.9 1,868.8 1,850.0 -1.0
Passenger Trip Length*** 2,871.7 2,840.9 -1.1 2,718.4 2,708.6 -0.4

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 International Market and Segment

*Change in load factor points

**The average non-stop distance flown per departure in miles

*** The average distance flown per passenger in miles

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 14: International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

  2010 2011 2010-2011 Pct. Change 2012 2011-2012 Pct. Change
January 7.0 7.4 4.8 7.4 -0.3
February 6.2 6.4 2.9 6.7 4.4
March 7.8 7.9 1.7 8.3 4.2
April 7.2 7.7 7.1 7.8 1.7
May 7.6 7.9 3.2 7.9 0.7
June 8.3 8.5 1.7 8.7 2.8
July 9.3 9.6 3.3 9.5 -1.0
August 8.9 8.9 0.1 9.1 2.4
September 7.0 7.1 0.6 7.3 2.8
October 7.3 7.1 -3.0 7.2 1.0
November 6.7 6.6 -1.9    
December 7.5 7.5 0.4    
10 Mo. Total 76.7 78.4 2.2 79.8 1.8
Yr. Total 91.0 92.5 1.7    

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 International Market

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding

Table 15: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by January-October 2012 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

Jan-Oct 2012 Rank Carrier Jan-Oct 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Oct 2011 Rank Jan-Oct 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 United* 21,119.3 4 9,277.2 NA
  Continental - 3 11,832.9 NA
  UA/CO Combined 21,119.3 - 21,110.0 0.0
2 Delta 17,916.5 1 17,855.1 0.3
3 American 17,833.0 2 17,445.1 2.2
4 US Airways 5,832.4 5 5,786.4 0.8
5 JetBlue 3,397.7 6 2,833.4 19.9
6 ExpressJet** 2,278.0 9 1,246.0 NA
  Atlantic Southeast - 30 230.8 NA
  EV/XE Combined** 2,278.0 - 1,476.8 54.2
7 Alaska 1,444.6 7 1,473.8 -2.0
8 SkyWest 1,089.9 8 1,407.0 -22.5
9 AirTran*** 1,075.9 14 686.7 56.7
10 American Eagle 1,069.8 11 1,079.6 -0.9

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 International Market

* United's 2012 number is the report of the merged United and Continental.  The 2011 numbers were reported separately by United and Continental.

** ExpressJet's 2012 number is the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast.

*** Southwest and AirTran are reporting as separate carriers with the exception of the financials.  They have one FAA SOC (single operating certificate), requiring that they utilize the same safety/operating procedures, but they have separate DOT 401 economic certificates, meaning they are operating as separate economic entities.

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases.

Table 16: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by October 2012 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

Oct 2012 Rank Carrier Oct 2012 Enplaned Passengers Oct 2011 Rank Oct 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 United* 1,827.1 4 901.7 NA
  Continental - 3 991.0 NA
  UA/CO Combined 1,827.1 - 1,892.6 -3.5
2 American 1,639.0 1 1,636.3 0.2
3 Delta 1,630.4 2 1,583.8 2.9
4 US Airways 474.3 5 486.8 -2.6
5 JetBlue 272.6 6 253.9 7.4
6 ExpressJet** 259.9 8 133.6 NA
  Atlantic Southeast - 19 31.1 NA
  EV/XE Combined 259.9 - 164.7 57.8
7 Alaska 126.9 9 129.6 -2.1
8 SkyWest 111.3 7 147.6 -24.6
9 American Eagle 108.4 10 118.3 -8.3
10 AirTran*** 103.5 15 56.7 82.7

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 International Market

* United's 2012 number is the report of the merged United and Continental.  The 2011 numbers were reported separately by United and Continental.

** ExpressJet's 2012 number is the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast.

*** Southwest and AirTran are reporting as separate carriers with the exception of the financials.  They have one FAA SOC (single operating certificate), requiring that they utilize the same safety/operating procedures, but they have separate DOT 401 economic certificates, meaning they are operating as separate economic entities.

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases.

Table 17: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by January-October 2012 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines*

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

Jan-Oct 2012 Rank Airport Jan-Oct 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Oct 2011 Rank Jan-Oct 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Miami 4,671.6 1 4,411.1 5.2
2 New York JFK 4,165.4 2 4,109.4 1.4
3 Atlanta 3,513.4 3 3,500.7 0.4
4 Newark 3,311.2 4 3,339.9 -0.9
5 Houston Bush 2,792.9 5 2,753.5 1.4
6 Chicago O'Hare 2,438.2 6 2,615.8 -6.8
7 Dallas/Fort Worth 2,009.1 7 1,899.8 5.8
8 Los Angeles 1,617.8 8 1,651.5 -2.0
9 San Francisco 1,540.5 9 1,422.6 8.3
10 Philadelphia 1,408.8 10 1,419.1 -0.7

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 International Market

* Numbers do not include international enplanements on foreign carriers

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see Air Traffic Press Releases

Table 18: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by October 2012 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines*

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

Oct 2012 Rank Airport Oct 2012 Enplaned Passengers Oct 2011 Rank Oct 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Miami 406.8 1 407.2 -0.1
2 New York JFK 359.3 2 383.1 -6.2
3 Atlanta 319.9 3 299.1 6.9
4 Newark 276.0 4 292.9 -5.8
5 Chicago O'Hare 246.2 5 258.1 -4.6
6 Houston Bush 230.6 6 220.0 4.8
7 Dallas/Fort Worth 193.6 7 180.6 7.2
8 San Francisco 159.1 9 150.6 5.7
9 Los Angeles 149.0 8 155.0 -3.9
10 Philadelphia 117.9 11 126.3 -6.7

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 International Market

* Numbers do not include international enplanements on foreign carriers

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see Air Traffic Press Releases