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January Domestic Airline Traffic Data Up 7.6 Percent From January 2004

January Domestic Airline Traffic Data Up 7.6 Percent From January 2004

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BTS 16-05
Dave Smallen
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Thursday, April 14, 2005 - U.S. airlines carried 7.6 percent more domestic passengers and flew 1.1 percent fewer domestic flights during January 2005 than they did during January 2004, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today, in a release of preliminary data (Table 1).

BTS, a part of DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the airlines carried 47.5 million domestic passengers during January 2005, up from the 44.1 million in January 2004 (Table 2). These passengers were carried on 784,535 flights, down 1.1 percent from the 793,583 flights operated in January 2004 (Table 1).

In other domestic comparisons from January 2004 to January 2005 (Table 1):

Revenue passenger miles, a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were up 8.0 percent.

Available seat-miles, a measure of airline capacity, were up 1.1 percent.

Load factor, a measure of how many seats are sold and used, was up 4.5 percentage points.

Flight stage length, the average non-stop distance, was up 2.8 percent.

Passenger trip length, the average distance passengers travel, was up 0.4 percent.

Among airlines, Delta Air Lines carried 6.2 million domestic passengers during January 2005, the most of any airline (Table 3).

Among airports, Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta was the busiest U.S. airport for domestic travel during January 2005, with 2.9 million passenger boardings (Table 4).

Additional airline traffic data can be found on the BTS website at TranStats, the Intermodal Transportation Database at http://transtats.bts.gov. Click on "Aviation," then "Air Carrier Statistics (Form 41 Traffic)," then "T-100 Domestic Market."

Data are compiled from monthly reports filed with BTS by commercial air carriers detailing operations, passenger traffic and freight traffic. January traffic data are preliminary and include data received by BTS from 128 airlines as of April 12. Data are subject to revision.

Revised data from December 2004 and previous months are posted on the BTS website at http://transtats.bts.gov. BTS will release February 2005 traffic data on May 12.

Table 1: Domestic Airline Travel in January

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  Jan. 2004 Jan. 2005 Change
Passengers 44,115,831 47,487,959 7.6%
Flights 793,583 784,535 -1.1%
Revenue Passenger Miles(000) 38,570,517 41,666,707 8.0%
Available Seat-Miles(000) 58,959,952 59,613,224 1.1%
Load factor 65.4 69.9 4.5
Flight stage length 600 617 2.8%
Passenger trip length 874 877 0.3%

Source: T-100 Domestic Market and Segment

Table 2: Total Industry Domestic Enplanements

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Month 2003 2004 2005 2004-2005 Change
January 43,340,260 44,115,831 47,487,959 7.6%
February 41,464,697 45,614,862    
March 50,387,437 54,512,538    
April 47,364,281 53,611,311    
May 49,413,135 53,294,962    
June 52,541,086 57,244,487    
July 56,150,080 59,953,094    
August 54,321,783 57,358,062    
September 44,577,207 47,899,898    
October 50,350,912 54,164,914    
November 47,455,664 51,556,167    
December 50,126,985 52,433,126    
Annual Total 587,493,527 631,759,252    

Source: T-100 Domestic Market

Table 3: Top 10 Airlines, ranked by January 2005 Domestic Enplanements

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Jan. 2005 Rank Airline Name Jan. 2005 Jan. 2004 Rank Jan. 2004
1 Delta Air Lines 6,186,057 1 5,814,214
2 Southwest Airlines 6,039,969 3 5,362,666
3 American Airlines 5,784,397 2 5,475,307
4 United Airlines 4,268,754 4 4,155,776
5 Northwest Airlines 3,380,779 5 3,090,278
6 US Airways 2,797,330 6 2,649,707
7 Continental Airlines 2,391,679 7 2,275,091
8 America West Airlines 1,571,489 8 1,466,865
9 American Eagle Airlines 1,128,404 9 936,147
10 SkyWest Airlines 1,121,385 10 897,539

Source: T-100 Domestic Market

Table 4: Top 10 Airports ranked by January 2004 Domestic Enplanements

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Jan. 2005 Rank Airport Name Jan. 2005 Jan. 2004 Rank Jan. 2004
1 Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International 2,880,135 1 2,754,109
2 Chicago O'Hare International 2,163,030 2 2,030,736
3 Dallas-Fort Worth International 1,956,783 3 1,916,509
4 Los Angeles International 1,610,086 4 1,512,610
5 Las Vegas McCarran International 1,526,682 6 1,383,769
6 Denver International 1,505,287 5 1,423,301
7 Phoenix Sky Harbor International 1,465,455 7 1,365,700
8 Orlando International 1,286,161 9 1,118,759
9 Minneapolis-St. Paul International 1,194,903 8 1,130,961
10 Houston Bush Intercontinental 1,164,315 10 1,023,425

Source: T-100 Domestic Market