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September 2012 Airline System Passengers Decline 1.1% from September 2011

 
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Thursday, December 20, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that U.S. airlines carried 57.4 million scheduled domestic and international passengers in September 2012, 1.7 percent fewer domestic passengers and 2.8 percent more international passengers than in September 2011. There was a 1.1 percent decrease in airline passengers in September 2012 compared to September 2011 but the airlines carried 0.1 percent more system passengers than in September 2010 (Tables 1, 2, 7, 13).

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

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

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

Although the number of passengers in September 2012 declined from a year ago, U.S. airlines carried 559.2 million total system passengers during the first nine months of 2012, up 1.3 percent from the same period in 2011 (Table 2). Domestically, the airlines carried 486.5 million passengers, up 1.2 percent from 2011 (Table 8). Internationally, they carried 72.7 million passengers, up 1.9 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

 Passenger load factors for international passenger traffic were at record levels for the month of September (83.6) while domestic (80.7) and systemwide (81.5) load factors declined from a year ago (Tables 1, 7, 13). Continuing earlier service reductions, domestic capacity, measured by available seat-miles, was down 0.2 percent in September 2012 compared to September 2011. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) declined by 1.6 percent (Table 7). The international load factor in September rose with 2.2 percent growth in RPMs compared to an increase in capacity of 0.2 percent (Table 13). Systemwide capacity declined 0.1 percent compared to a 0.4 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 September 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 80.2 percent of systemwide passengers, up from 75.2 percent carried by the U.S. airlines that were in the top 10 in September 2011.

Year-to-date: During the first nine 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 79.8 percent of systemwide passengers, up from 75.5 percent carried by the U.S. airlines that were the top 10 during the first nine months of 2011.

Southwest and AirTran Airways 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 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 September, 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 New York JFK than at any other U.S. airport (Table 18).

Year-to-date: During the first nine 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 (September and January through September 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 September: Top 10 airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Table 4
August: Top 10 airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

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

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

Scheduled Domestic Air Travel (Tables 7-12)

Table 7 (September and January through September):
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 September: Top 10 domestic airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

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

Airport Rankings

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

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

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

Table 13 (September and January through September):
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 September: Top 10 U.S. airlines by scheduled international passenger enplanements

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

Airport Rankings

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

Table 18
September: 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 78 carriers as of Dec. 17 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://www.bts.gov/programs/airline_information/air_carrier_traffic_statistics/.

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 September, 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 September and international numbers through June 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 September, U.S. carriers reported 188,164 foreign point-to-point passengers. For January through September, U.S. carriers reported 1,788,282 foreign point-to-point passengers.

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

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

  Monthly Year-to-Date
Sept 2011 Sept 2012 Change % 2011 2012 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 58.1 57.4 -1.1 552.3 559.2 1.3
Flights (in thousands) 769.9 741.7 -3.7 7,174.5 7,079.0 -1.3
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 65.5 65.2 -0.4 619.0 627.5 1.4
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 80.0 80.0 -0.1 753.6 756.6 0.4
Load Factor* 81.9 81.5 -0.4 82.1 82.9 0.8
Flight Stage Length** 735.5 754.4 2.6 744.0 754.5 1.4
Passenger Trip Length*** 1,128.0 1,136.2 0.7 1,120.9 1,122.0 0.1

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 68.8 3.8
September 57.4 58.1 1.2 57.4 -1.1
October 62.1 61.2 -1.5    
November 58.2 58.3 0.2    
December 58.6 59.1 0.8    
9 Mo. Total 541.6 552.3 2.0 559.2 1.3
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-September 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Jan-Sep 2012 Rank Carrier Jan-Sep 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sep 2011 Rank Jan-Sep 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Delta 88.146 1 86.293 2.1
2 Southwest** 84.441 2 82.931 1.8
3 United*** 70.864 5 38.634 N/A
  Continental N/A 6 34.230 N/A
  UA/CO Combined*** 70.864 - 72.864 -2.7
4 American 65.301 3 64.990 0.5
5 US Airways 40.906 4 39.802 2.8
6 ExpressJet**** 24.253 12 12.210 N/A
  Atlantic Southeast N/A 13 10.734 N/A
  EV/XE Combined**** 24.253 - 22.944 5.7
7 JetBlue 21.921 7 19.663 11.5
8 SkyWest 19.582 9 18.425 6.3
9 AirTran 16.838 8 18.733 -10.1
10 American Eagle 14.115 11 12.903 9.4

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 September 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Sept 2012 Rank Carrier Sept 2012 Enplaned Passengers Sept 2011 Rank Sept 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Delta 9.396 1 9.203 2.1
2 Southwest** 8.707 2 8.751 -0.5
3 United*** 7.164 5 4.098 N/A
  Continental N/A 6 3.362 N/A
  UA/CO Combined*** 7.164 - 7.460 -4.0
4 American 6.561 3 6.851 -4.2
5 US Airways 4.153 4 4.100 1.3
6 ExpressJet**** 2.671 12 1.254 N/A
  Atlantic Southeast N/A 13 1.155 N/A
  EV/XE Combined**** 2.671 - 2.409 10.9
7 JetBlue 2.159 8 2.013 7.2
8 SkyWest 2.153 7 2.028 6.2
9 AirTran 1.534 9 1.761 -12.9
10 American Eagle 1.528 10 1.477 3.4

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-September 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines**

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Jan-Sept 2012 Rank Airport Jan-Sept 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sept 2011 Rank Jan-Sept 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 34.091 1 32.912 3.6
2 Chicago O'Hare 22.615 2 22.386 1.0
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 20.635 3 20.372 1.3
4 Denver 19.258 4 19.246 0.1
5 Los Angeles 18.942 5 18.396 3.0
6 Charlotte 14.932 7 14.198 5.2
7 Phoenix 14.496 6 14.670 -1.2
8 San Francisco 13.990 10 12.958 8.0
9 Las Vegas 13.912 9 13.878 0.2
10 Houston Bush 13.749 8 13.894 -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 BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Sept 2012 Rank Airport Sept 2012 Enplaned Passengers Sept 2011 Rank Sept 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 3.568 1 3.533 1.0
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.463 2 2.534 -2.8
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 2.156 3 2.230 -3.3
4 Denver 2.110 4 2.092 0.9
5 Los Angeles 1.951 5 1.954 -0.2
6 Charlotte 1.558 8 1.479 5.4
7 San Francisco 1.551 7 1.514 2.5
8 Las Vegas 1.501 6 1.552 -3.3
9 Phoenix 1.386 9 1.454 -4.6
10 New York JFK 1.351 11 1.335 1.2

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 BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

  Monthly Year-to-Date
Sept 2011 Sept 2012 Change % 2011 2012 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 51.0 50.1 -1.7 480.9 486.5 1.2
Flights (in thousands) 706.4 677.6 -4.1 6,540.0 6,431.8 -1.7
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 44.6 43.9 -1.6 426.2 431.6 1.3
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 54.5 54.4 -0.2 514.0 516.6 0.5
Load Factor* 81.8 80.7 -1.1 82.9 83.5 0.6
Flight Stage Length** 626.1 641.5 2.5 635.3 645.1 1.5
Passenger Trip Length*** 874.4 875.0 0.1 886.2 887.0 0.1

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 59.7 3.9
September 50.3 51.0 1.3 50.1 -1.7
October 54.8 54.1 -1.3    
November 51.4 51.7 0.5    
December 51.1 51.5 0.9    
9 Mo. Total 472.2 480.9 1.8 486.5 1.2
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-September 2012 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Jan-Sept 2012 Rank Carrier Jan-Sept 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sept 2011 Rank Jan-Sept 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Southwest* 84.441 1 82.931 1.8
2 Delta 71.860 2 70.022 2.6
3 United** 51.571 5 30.259 N/A
  Continental N/A 6 23.388 N/A
  UA/CO Combined 51.571 - 53.647 -3.9
4 American 49.107 3 49.181 -0.1
5 US Airways 35.547 4 34.502 3.0
6 ExpressJet**** 22.235 12 11.097 N/A
  Atlantic Southeast N/A 13 10.534 N/A
  EV/XE Combined**** 22.235 - 21.632 2.8
7 JetBlue 18.796 9 17.084 10.0
8 SkyWest 18.603 8 17.165 8.4
9 AirTran 15.866 7 18.103 -12.4
10 American Eagle 13.154 11 11.941 10.2

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 September 2012 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Sept 2012 Rank Carrier Sept 2012 Enplaned Passengers Sept 2011 Rank Sept 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Southwest** 8.707 1 8.751 -0.5
2 Delta 7.651 2 7.507 1.9
3 United*** 5.253 5 3.172 N/A
  Continental N/A 6 2.363 N/A
  UA/CO Combined*** 5.253 - 5.535 -5.1
4 American 4.928 3 5.278 -6.6
5 US Airways 3.673 4 3.621 1.4
6 ExpressJet**** 2.420 13 1.123 N/A
  Atlantic Southeast N/A 12 1.129 N/A
  EV/XE Combined**** 2.420 - 2.252 7.5
7 SkyWest 2.055 7 1.888 8.8
8 JetBlue 1.863 8 1.759 5.9
9 AirTran 1.439 9 1.708 -15.7
10 American Eagle 1.424 10 1.359 4.8

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-September 2012 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Jan-Sept 2012 Rank Airport Jan-Sept 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sept 2011 Rank Jan-Sept 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 30.890 1 29.710 4.0
2 Chicago O'Hare 20.423 2 20.028 2.0
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 18.819 4 18.653 0.9
4 Denver 18.804 3 18.770 0.2
5 Los Angeles 17.473 5 16.899 3.4
6 Phoenix 13.929 6 14.079 -1.1
7 Las Vegas 13.902 7 13.865 0.3
8 Charlotte 13.861 8 13.170 5.2
9 San Francisco 12.608 10 11.686 7.9
10 Orlando 11.645 9 11.806 -1.4

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

Sept 2012 Rank Airport Sept 2012 Enplaned Passengers Sept 2011 Rank Sept 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 3.252 1 3.233 0.6
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.222 2 2.275 -2.3
3 Denver 2.073 4 2.053 1.0
4 Dallas/Fort Worth 1.973 3 2.058 -4.1
5 Los Angeles 1.808 5 1.807 0.0
6 San Francisco 1.501 6 1.550 -3.2
7 Las Vegas 1.470 8 1.392 5.6
8 San Francisco 1.399 9 1.368 2.3
9 Phoenix 1.344 7 1.409 -4.6
10 Seattle 1.237 10 1.260 -1.8

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

  Monthly Year-to-Date
Sept 2011 Sept 2012 Change % 2011 2012 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 7.1 7.3 2.8 71.3 72.7 1.9
Flights (in thousands) 63.5 64.1 1.0 634.5 645.5 1.7
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 20.9 21.4 2.2 192.8 195.9 1.6
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 25.5 25.6 0.2 239.7 239.9 0.1
Load Factor* 82.0 83.6 1.6 80.4 81.7 1.3
Flight Stage Length** 1,952.6 1,946.5 -0.3 1,863.8 1,845.0 -1.0
Passenger Trip Length*** 2,952.2 2,932.8 -0.7 2,703.2 2,695.5 -0.3

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    
November 6.7 6.6 -1.9    
December 7.5 7.5 0.4    
9 Mo. Total 69.4 71.3 2.7 72.7 1.9
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-September 2012 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

Jan-Sept 2012 Rank Carrier Jan-Sept 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sept 2011 Rank Jan-Sept 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 United* 19,292.2 4 8,375.5 N/A
  Continental N/A 3 10,841.9 N/A
  UA/CO Combined 19,292.2 - 19,217.4 0.4
2 Delta 16,286.1 1 16,271.2 0.1
3 American 16,193.9 2 15,808.8 2.4
4 US Airways 5,358.0 5 5,299.6 1.1
5 JetBlue 3,125.1 6 2,579.5 21.1
6 ExpressJet** 2,018.1 9 1,112.4 N/A
  Atlantic Southeast N/A 26 199.7 N/A
  EV/XE Combined** 2,018.1 - 1,312.1 53.8
7 Alaska 1,317.7 7 1,344.2 -2.0
8 SkyWest 978.6 8 1,259.4 -22.3
9 AirTran*** 972.4 14 630.0 54.3
10 American Eagle 961.3 10 961.3 0.0

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 September 2012 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

Sept 2012 Rank Carrier Sept 2012 Enplaned Passengers Sept 2011 Rank Sept 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 United* 1,911.2 4 926.2 N/A
  Continental N/A 3 998.4 N/A
  UA/CO Combined 1,911.2 - 1,924.6 -0.7
2 Delta 1,744.9 1 1,695.3 2.9
3 American 1,632.8 2 1,573.6 3.8
4 US Airways 480.4 5 478.7 0.3
5 JetBlue 295.7 6 253.8 16.5
6 ExpressJet** 251.3 8 130.6 N/A
  Atlantic Southeast N/A 21 26.5 N/A
  EV/XE Combined 251.3 - 157.2 59.9
7 Alaska 108.9 9 119.5 -8.9
8 American Eagle 104.1 10 118.0 -11.8
9 SkyWest 98.6 7 139.9 -29.5
10 AirTran*** 94.5 15 52.9 78.5

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

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

Jan-Sept 2012 Rank Airport Jan-Sept 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sept 2011 Rank Jan-Sept 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Miami 4,264.8 1 4,033.8 5.7
2 New York JFK 3,806.1 2 3,726.4 2.1
3 Atlanta 3,193.5 3 3,201.6 -0.3
4 Newark 3,035.2 4 3,046.9 -0.4
5 Houston Bush 2,562.3 5 2,533.5 1.1
6 Chicago O'Hare 2,192.0 6 2,357.6 -7.0
7 Dallas/Fort Worth 1,815.5 7 1,719.2 5.6
8 Los Angeles 1,468.8 8 1,496.5 -1.8
9 San Francisco 1,381.4 10 1,272.0 8.6
10 Philadelphia 1,290.8 9 1,292.8 -0.1

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 BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

Sept 2012 Rank Airport Sept 2012 Enplaned Passengers Sept 2011 Rank Sept 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 New York JFK 404.7 1 399.0 1.4
2 Miami 397.2 2 379.6 4.6
3 Atlanta 316.3 4 300.2 5.4
4 Newark 291.0 3 300.2 -3.1
5 Chicago O'Hare 240.7 5 259.1 -7.1
6 Houston Bush 221.5 6 205.3 7.9
7 Dallas/Fort Worth 182.9 7 172.5 6.1
8 San Francisco 152.5 9 145.8 4.5
9 Los Angeles 143.6 8 147.7 -2.8
10 Philadelphia 137.4 11 139.3 -1.4

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 BTS Air Traffic Press Releases