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December 2012 Airline System Passengers Down 0.3% from December 2011

Press Release Number: 
BTS 13-13
Date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Media Contact: 
Dave Smallen, 202-366-5568

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that U.S. airlines carried 58.9 million scheduled systemwide passengers in December 2012, 0.3 percent fewer than in December 2011. The systemwide decrease was the result of a 0.7 percent decrease in the number of domestic passengers (51.2 million) and a 2.3 percent increase in international passengers (7.7 million) (Tables 1, 2, 7, 13).

Passengers on All U.S. Scheduled Airlines (Domestic & International), January 2008-December 2012

Passengers on All U.S. Scheduled Airlines (Domestic & International), January 2008-December 2012

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

BTS, a part of the Department’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that U.S. airlines carried 0.8 percent more total system passengers during the full year 2012 (736.6 million) than during 2011 (Table 2). Domestically, U.S. airlines carried 642.2 million passengers, up 0.6 percent from 2011 (Table 8). Internationally, they carried 94.4 million passengers, up 2.0 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 and systemwide load factors reached record levels for the month of December. The domestic load factor in December 2012 (81.5) increased from December 2011 (81.2) as a result of the year-to-year decrease in capacity, measured in available seat-miles (0.3 percent) combined with a growth in revenue passenger-miles (RPMs) (0.3 percent) (Table 7). Systemwide capacity also decreased 0.3 percent compared to a 0.6 percent increase in RPMs with the load factor increasing from December 2011 by 0.7 percentage points to 81.5 percent (Table 1). International load factor in December 2012 (81.0) remained below the level of December 2009 (81.4) despite capacity reductions and RPM growth from December 2011 (Table 13). See Tables 1, 7 and 13 of Air Traffic Press Releases for previous-year data.

Top Airlines

Monthly: In December 2012, Southwest carried more system and domestic passengers than any other U.S. airline (Tables 4, 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 80.3 percent of systemwide passengers, up from 75.4 percent carried by the U.S. airlines that were in the top 10 in December 2011.

Annual: For the third consecutive year, Delta carried more total system passengers in 2012 than any other airline. Southwest carried more domestic passengers than any other U.S. airline for the ninth consecutive year and the newly-merged United carried the most international passengers (Tables 3, 9, 15). The top 10 US airlines carried 80.0 percent of systemwide passengers, an increase from the 75.5 percent carried by the U.S. airlines that were in the top 10 during 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 December, 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 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 year-to-date and monthly airline and airport statistics, Tables 1 through 6 provide combined domestic and international travel statistics, Tables 7 through 12 provide domestic travel statistics, and Tables 13 through 18 provide international travel statistics.

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 79 carriers as of March 14 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 December, 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 December and international numbers through September 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 December, U.S. carriers reported 205,480 foreign point-to-point passengers. For January through December, U.S. carriers reported 2,376,467 foreign point-to-point passengers.

Data are subject to revision. BTS has scheduled April 23 for the release of January 2013 traffic data.

 

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

  Monthly Year-to-Date
Dec 2011 Dec 2012 Change % 2011 2012 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 59.1 58.9 -0.3 730.8 736.6 0.8
Flights (in thousands) 770.8 740.2 -4.0 9,478.2 9,283.9 -2.0
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 65.5 65.9 0.6 814.4 823.2 1.1
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 81.1 80.9 -0.3 992.7 994.5 0.2
Load Factor* 80.8 81.5 0.7 82.0 82.8 0.8
Flight Stage Length** 750.0 768.5 2.5 742.9 755.2 1.7
Passenger Trip Length*** 1,108.9 1,119.7 1.0 1,114.3 1,117.5 0.3

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: Percentage 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 58.7 0.8
December 58.6 59.1 0.8 58.9 -0.3
Yr. Total 720.5 730.8 1.4 736.6 0.8

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

 

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Jan-Dec 2012 Rank Carrier Jan-Dec 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Dec 2011 Rank Jan-Dec 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Delta 116.445 1 113.485 2.6
2 Southwest** 112.234 2 110.587 1.5
3 UA/CO Combined*** 92.367 - 95.611 -3.4
       United*** 92.367 5 50.474 NA
       Continental - 6 45.138 NA
4 American 86.335 3 86.042 0.3
5 US Airways 54.238 4 52.921 2.5
6 EV/XE Combined**** 32.376 - 30.412 6.5
       ExpressJet**** 32.376 12 16.194 NA
       Atlantic Southeast - 13 14.218 NA
7 JetBlue 28.934 7 26.353 9.8
8 SkyWest 26.163 9 24.408 7.2
9 AirTran 21.745 8 24.596 -11.6
10 American Eagle 18.731 11 17.348 8.0

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 seperately by United and Continental

**** ExpressJet's 2012 number the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported seperately 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 December 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Dec 2012 Rank Carrier Dec 2012 Enplaned Passengers Dec 2011 Rank Dec 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Southwest** 9.040 1 9.063 -0.3
2 Delta 8.980 2 8.742 2.7
3 UA/CO Combined*** 7.224 - 7.716 -6.4
       United*** 7.224 5 3.930 NA
       Continental - 6 3.786 NA
4 American 7.206 3 7.009 2.8
5 US Airways 4.398 4 4.370 0.6
6 EV/XE Combined**** 2.603 - 2.496 4.3
       ExpressJet**** 2.603 12 1.395 NA
       Atlantic Southeast - 13 1.102 NA
7 JetBlue 2.480 7 2.334 6.3
8 SkyWest 2.168 8 1.972 10.0
9 AirTran 1.605 9 1.858 -13.6
10 Alaska 1.546 10 1.483 4.3

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 seperately by United and Continental

**** ExpressJet's 2012 number the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported seperately 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-December 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Jan-Dec 2012 Rank Airport Jan-Dec 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Dec 2011 Rank Jan-Dec 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 45.107 1 43.705 3.2
2 Chicago O'Hare 29.884 2 29.757 0.4
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 27.528 3 27.103 1.6
4 Denver 25.490 4 25.366 0.5
5 Los Angeles 24.952 5 24.414 2.2
6 Charlotte 19.913 7 18.912 5.3
7 Phoenix 19.203 6 19.422 -1.1
8 San Francisco 18.556 10 17.403 6.6
9 Las Vegas 18.395 8 18.430 -0.2
10 Houston Bush 18.116 9 18.377 -1.4

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

 

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Dec 2012 Rank Airport Dec 2012 Enplaned Passengers Dec 2011 Rank Dec 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 3.542 1 3.428 3.3
2 Dallas/Fort Worth 2.311 3 2.195 5.3
3 Chicago O'Hare 2.302 2 2.345 -1.8
4 Denver 2.048 4 2.041 0.4
5 Los Angeles 2.021 5 2.038 -0.8
6 Charlotte 1.644 7 1.579 4.1
7 Phoenix 1.556 6 1.595 -2.4
8 Houston Bush 1.497 8 1.578 -5.2
9 San Francisco 1.480 9 1.478 0.1
10 New York JFK 1.426 11 1.366 4.4

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

 

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

  Monthly Year-to-Date
Dec 2011 Dec 2012 Change % 2011 2012 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 51.5 51.2 -0.7 638.2 642.2 0.6
Flights (in thousands) 701.3 670.8 -4.4 8,647.3 8,441.3 -2.4
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 45.7 45.8 0.3 563.6 568.7 0.9
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 56.3 56.2 -0.3 680.1 682.0 0.3
Load Factor* 81.2 81.5 0.3 82.9 83.4 0.5
Flight Stage Length** 647.2 662.9 2.4 635.8 646.8 1.7
Passenger Trip Length*** 886.3 895.5 1.0 883.1 885.5 0.3

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: Percentage 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 51.8 0.4
December 51.1 51.5 0.9 51.2 -0.7
Yr. Total 629.5 638.2 1.4 642.2 0.6

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

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

 

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Jan-Dec 2012 Rank Carrier Jan-Dec 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Dec 2011 Rank Jan-Dec 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Southwest* 112.234 1 110.587 1.5
2 Delta 95.439 2 92.711 2.9
3 UA/CO Combined** 67.534 - 70.708 -4.5
       United** 67.534 5 39.529 NA
       Continental - 6 31.179 NA
4 American 65.010 3 65.234 -0.3
5 US Airways 47.443 4 46.171 2.8
6 EV/XE Combined*** 29.652 - 28.583 3.7
       ExpressJet*** 29.652 12 14.647 NA
       Atlantic Southeast - 13 13.935 NA
7 JetBlue 24.871 8 22.924 8.5
8 SkyWest 24.869 9 22.760 9.3
9 AirTran 20.443 7 23.765 -14.0
10 American Eagle 17.383 10 16.066 8.2

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 December 2012 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Dec 2012 Rank Carrier Dec 2012 Enplaned Passengers Dec 2011 Rank Dec 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Southwest** 9.040 1 9.063 -0.3
2 Delta 7.328 2 7.167 2.3
3 American 5.377 3 5.217 3.1
4 UA/CO Combined*** 5.247 - 5.688 -7.8
       United 5.247 5 3.047 NA
       Continental - 6 2.640 NA
5 US Airways 3.887 4 3.864 0.6
6 EV/XE Combined**** 2.369 - 2.308 2.6
       ExpressJet**** 2.369 12 1.233 NA
       Atlantic Southeast - 13 1.075 NA
7 JetBlue 2.124 7 2.007 5.8
8 SkyWest 2.063 8 1.852 11.4
9 AirTran 1.485 9 1.778 -16.5
10 Alaska 1.385 11 1.312 5.5

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)    

Jan-Dec 2012 Rank Airport Jan-Dec 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Dec 2011 Rank Jan-Dec 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 40.938 1 39.574 3.4
2 Chicago O'Hare 27.008 2 26.691 1.2
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 25.103 3 24.827 1.1
4 Denver 24.906 4 24.758 0.6
5 Los Angeles 23.020 5 22.440 2.6
6 Charlotte 18.568 8 17.604 5.5
7 Phoenix 18.439 6 18.631 -1.0
8 Las Vegas 18.381 7 18.411 -0.2
9 San Francisco 16.737 9 15.714 6.5
10 Orlando 15.267 10 15.537 -1.7

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

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

 

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Dec 2012 Rank Airport Dec 2012 Enplaned Passengers Dec 2011 Rank Dec 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 3.185 1 3.080 3.4
2 Dallas/Fort Worth 2.090 3 1.993 4.9
3 Chicago O'Hare 2.076 2 2.103 -1.2
4 Denver 1.996 4 1.991 0.2
5 Los Angeles 1.852 5 1.865 -0.7
6 Charlotte 1.541 7 1.478 4.2
7 Phoenix 1.483 6 1.519 -2.4
8 Las Vegas 1.388 8 1.398 -0.7
9 San Francisco 1.331 9 1.334 -0.2
10 Orlando 1.235 11 1.256 -1.7

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

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

 

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

  Monthly Year-to-Date
Dec 2011 Dec 2012 Change % 2011 2012 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 7.5 7.7 2.3 92.5 94.4 2.0
Flights (in thousands) 69.5 69.4 -0.1 830.9 842.6 1.4
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 19.8 20.1 1.4 250.7 254.5 1.5
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 24.8 24.8 -0.2 312.6 312.5 0.0
Load Factor* 79.8 81.0 1.2 80.2 81.4 1.2
Flight Stage Length** 1,788.2 1,788.5 0.0 1,857.4 1,841.4 -0.9
Passenger Trip Length*** 2,631.3 2,608.9 -0.9 2,708.9 2,695.7 -0.5

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: Percentage 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 6.9 4.3
December 7.5 7.5 0.4 7.7 2.3
Yr. Total 91.0 92.5 1.7 94.4 2.0

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

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

 

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

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

Jan-Dec 2012 Rank Carrier Jan-Dec 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Dec 2011 Rank Jan-Dec 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 UA/CO Combined* 24,833.7 - 24,903.4 -0.3
       United* 24,833.7 4 10,945.0 NA
       Continental - 3 13,958.4 NA
2 American 21,325.5 1 20,808.7 2.5
3 Delta 21,006.4 2 20,774.2 1.1
4 US Airways 6,795.5 5 6,749.9 0.7
5 JetBlue 4,063.7 6 3,428.9 18.5
6 EV/XE Combined** 2,724.1 - 1,829.3 48.9
       ExpressJet** 2,724.1 9 1,546.5 NA
       Atlantic Southeast - 26 282.8 NA
7 Alaska 1,747.2 7 1,799.4 -2.9
8 American Eagle 1,347.9 10 1,282.1 5.1
9 AirTran*** 1,301.3 14 830.4 56.7
10 SkyWest 1,293.8 8 1,647.7 -21.5

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 December 2012 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

Dec 2012 Rank Carrier Dec 2012 Enplaned Passengers Dec 2011 Rank Dec 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 UA/CO Combined* 1,977.0 - 2,028.3 -2.5
       United* 1,977.0 4 882.4 NA
       Continental - 3 1,145.9 NA
2 American 1,829.1 1 1,791.6 2.1
3 Delta 1,652.1 2 1,575.8 4.8
4 US Airways 511.8 5 506.2 1.1
5 JetBlue 355.6 6 326.4 8.9
6 EV/XE Combined** 234.4 - 188.1 24.6
       ExpressJet** 234.4 8 161.8 NA
       Atlantic Southeast - 22 26.3 NA
7 Alaska 161.3 7 170.6 -5.4
8 American Eagle 150.4 10 101.7 47.9
9 AirTran*** 120.6 11 79.9 51.0
10 Spirit 112.5 9 106.7 5.4

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-December 2012 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

Jan-Dec 2012 Rank Airport Jan-Dec 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Dec 2011 Rank Jan-Dec 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Miami 5,644.5 1 5,398.7 4.6
2 New York JFK 4,932.8 2 4,848.6 1.7
3 Atlanta 4,169.8 3 4,131.3 0.9
4 Newark 3,893.7 4 3,940.6 -1.2
5 Houston Bush 3,344.5 5 3,311.8 1.0
6 Chicago O'Hare 2,875.9 6 3,066.4 -6.2
7 Dallas/Fort Worth 2,424.6 7 2,275.6 6.6
8 Los Angeles 1,932.4 8 1,973.9 -2.1
9 San Francisco 1,818.8 9 1,688.8 7.7
10 Philadelphia 1,632.1 10 1,634.2 -0.1

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

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

 

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

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)    

                            

Dec 2012 Rank Airport Dec 2012 Enplaned Passengers Dec 2011 Rank Dec 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Miami 507.6 1 510.4 -0.5
2 New York JFK 416.0 2 395.9 5.1
3 Atlanta 357.0 3 347.7 2.7
4 Newark 312.0 4 321.1 -2.8
5 Houston Bush 301.3 5 314.8 -4.3
6 Chicago O'Hare 225.5 6 242.0 -6.8
7 Dallas/Fort Worth 221.3 7 202.0 9.5
8 Los Angeles 169.3 8 173.1 -2.2
9 San Francisco 148.3 9 143.8 3.1
10 Washington Dulles 124.1 10 122.6 1.2

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

Note: Percentage changes based on numbers prior to rounding.