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September 2008 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Down 8.4 Percent in September from 2007 and Down 2.1 Percent for January-to-September

September 2008 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Down 8.4 Percent in September from 2007 and Down 2.1 Percent for January-to-September

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Dave Smallen
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Thursday, December 11, 2008 - The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines during September 2008 declined by 8.4 percent from September 2007, dropping by 5 million to 54.2 million, in the seventh consecutive monthly decline from the same month of the previous year and the largest percentage monthly decrease since August 2002, the U.S. Department of Transportations Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported (Table 1).

BTS, a part of DOTs Research and Innovative Technology Administration, in a release of preliminary data, reported that the number of domestic passengers decreased 8.9 percent in September from a year earlier, the steepest monthly decrease for domestic passengers since August 2002. International passengers decreased 5.0 percent, the first monthly year-to-year decrease in international passengers since August 2003 (Tables 7, 13).

For the first nine months of 2008, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines declined by 2.1 percent from the same period in 2007, dropping to 570.4 million, 12.3 million fewer than a year earlier

U.S. airlines carried 2.8 percent fewer domestic passengers and 3.2 percent more international passengers in the first nine months of 2008 than during the same period in 2007 (Tables 7, 13). 

The combined domestic and international system load factor of 80.1 percent for January through September was down 0.6 load factor points from last years record for the nine-month period (Table 1). Load factor measures the use of the airlines passenger capacity.

Top Airlines

Southwest Airlines carried more total system and more domestic passengers for the first nine months than any other U.S. airline (Tables 3 and 9). American Airlines carried more international passengers than any other U.S. carrier (Table 15).

America West Airlines and US Airways now operate under a single certificate and report jointly as US Airways. Numbers reported as US Airways in this release for previous years do not include America Wests numbers. See the notes for system, domestic and international airline ranking tables 3, 4, 9, 10, 15 and 16 for America Wests 2007 passenger numbers.

Top Airports

More total system and domestic passengers boarded planes in the first nine months at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International than at any other U.S. airport (Tables 5 and 11); and more international passengers boarded U.S. carriers at Miami International than at any other U.S. airport (Table 17).

Flights Operated

U.S. carriers operated 7.8 million domestic and international flights in the first nine months of 2008, 3.1 percent fewer than were operated during the same period in 2007 (Table 1). Domestic flights decreased 3.4 percent from the previous year while international flights were down 0.3 percent (Tables 7, 13).

In September, U.S. airlines operated 789,600 scheduled domestic and international flights, down 9.4 percent from the number of flights operated in September 2007 (Table 1). The number of domestic flights decreased 9.6 percent in September from a year earlier while international flights were down 7.3 percent (Tables 7, 13).

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

In other total system comparisons from the first nine months of 2007 to the first nine months of 2008 and from September 2007 to September 2008 (Table 1):

Revenue passenger-miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were down 0.3 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, RPMs were down 6.9 percent.

Available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were up 0.5 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, ASMs were down 6.8 percent.

Passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was down 0.6 load factor points at 80.1 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, load factor decreased 0.2 load factor points to 76.6 percent.

Flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was up 2.6 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, flight stage length was up 0.5 percent.

Passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was up 1.9 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, passenger trip length was up 1.6 percent.

Among U.S. airlines, Southwest carried 77.9 million passengers on its system in the first nine months of 2008, the most of any airline (Table 3). In September, Southwest carried 7.4 million passengers on its system, the most of any airline (Table 4).

Among airports, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest U.S. airport in the first nine months of 2008, with 32.5 million domestic and international passenger boardings (Table 5). In September, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest U.S. airport with 3.3 million domestic and international passenger boardings on U. S. carriers (Table 6).

Domestic Air Travel (Tables 7-12)

U.S. airlines carried 499.1 million scheduled domestic passengers during the first nine months of 2008, down 2.8 percent from the 513.6 million carried during the same period in 2007 (Table 7). The passengers were carried on 7.1 million flights, down 3.4 percent from the number of flights operated in 2007 (Table 7).

In the most recent data month, September, the airlines carried 47.7 million scheduled domestic passengers, down 8.9 percent from the number of passengers carried during September 2007 (Table 8). The passengers were carried on 727,900 flights, down 9.6 percent from the 805,100 flights operated in September 2007 (Table 7).

In other domestic comparisons from the first nine months of 2007 to the first nine months of 2008 and from September 2007 to September 2008 (Table 7):

Domestic revenue passenger-miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were down 2.4 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, domestic RPMs were down 9.4 percent.

Domestic available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were down 1.7 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, domestic ASMs were down 9.9 percent.

Domestic passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was down 0.6 load factor points at 80.2 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, domestic load factor was up 0.4 load factor points at 76.1 percent.

Domestic flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was up 1.5 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, domestic flight stage length was down 1.3 percent.

Domestic passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was up 0.4 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, domestic passenger trip length was down 0.5 percent.

Southwest carried 77.9 million domestic passengers in the first nine months of 2008, the most of any airline (Table 9). In September, Southwest carried 7.4 million domestic passengers, the most of any airline (Table 10).

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest domestic airport in the first nine months of 2008, with 29.3 million domestic passenger boardings (Table 11). In September, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest domestic airport with 3.0 million domestic passenger boardings (Table 12).

International Air Travel (Tables 13-18)

U.S. airlines carried 71.3 million scheduled international passengers during the first nine months of 2008, up 3.2 percent from the 69.1 million carried during the same period in 2007 (Table 14). The passengers were carried on 655,700 flights, down 0.3 percent from the 657,800 flights operated in 2007 (Table 13).

In the most recent data month, September, the airlines carried 6.6 million scheduled international passengers, down 5.0 percent from the number of passengers carried during September 2007. The passengers were carried on 61,600 flights, down 7.3 percent from the 66,500 flights operated in September 2007 (Table 13).

In other international comparisons from the first nine months of 2007 to the first nine months of 2008 and from September 2007 to September 2008 (Table 13):

International revenue passenger-miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were up 5.0 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, international RPMs were down 1.4 percent.

International available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were up 5.9 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, international ASMs were up 0.8 percent.

International passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was down 0.6 load factor points to 79.8 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, international load factor was down 1.7 load factor points to 77.8 percent.

International flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was up 5.1 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, international flight stage length was up 6.4 percent.

International passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was up 1.7 percent in the first nine months of 2008. In September, international passenger trip length was up 3.9 percent.

American carried 16.3 million international passengers in the first nine months of 2008, the most of any U.S. airline (Table 15). In September, American carried 1.5 million international passengers, the most of any U.S. airline (Table 16).

Miami International was the busiest U.S. airport for international travel on U.S. carriers in the first nine months of 2008, with 3.8 million international passenger boardings (Table 17). In September, Miami was the busiest U.S. airport for international travel on U.S. carriers with 357,200 international passenger boardings (Table 18).

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 84 carriers as of Dec. 2 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/.

Additional 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 225,557 foreign point-to-point passengers. For January through September, U.S. carriers reported 2,129,872 foreign point-to-point passengers.

Data are subject to revision. BTS has scheduled Jan. 15, 2009 for the release of October traffic data.

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

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  Monthly Year-to-Date
Sept 2007 Sept 2008 Change % 2007 2008 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 59.2 54.2 -8.4 582.7 570.4 -2.1
Flights (in thousands) 871.5 789.6 -9.4 8,043.7 7,793.9 -3.1
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 64.8 60.3 -6.9 628.9 627.1 -0.3
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 84.4 78.7 -6.8 779.4 783.0 0.5
Load Factor* 76.8 76.6 -0.2 80.7 80.1 -0.6
Flight Stage Length** 704.5 708.2 0.5 704.8 723.0 2.6
Passenger Trip Length*** 1,094.1 1,111.9 1.6 1,079.3 1,099.4 1.9

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. Carriers

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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  2006 2007 2006-2007 Pct. Change 2008 2007-2008 Pct. Change
January 55.6 57.1 2.8 57.8 1.1
February 53.3 54.1 1.4 56.6 4.6
March 65.8 67.2 2.0 67.1 -0.1
April 63.2 64.9 2.7 63.1 -2.8
May 64.4 66.8 3.6 65.9 -1.3
June 67.2 69.7 3.7 67.8 -2.7
July 69.5 72.4 4.2 70.3 -2.9
August 66.5 71.3 7.3 67.7 -5.1
September 56.4 59.2 4.9 54.2 -8.4
October 61.6 64.2 4.1    
November 60.3 61.9 2.7    
December 60.7 60.8 0.2    
9 Mo. Total 562.0 582.7 3.7 570.4 -2.1
Yr. Total 744.7 769.6 3.3    

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 2008 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Sept 2008 Rank Carrier Jan-Sept 2008 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sept 2007 Rank Jan-Sept 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Southwest 77.946 1 77.035 1.2
2 American 71.338 2 74.076 -3.7
3 Delta 54.206 3 55.433 -2.2
4 United 48.971 4 52.329 -6.4
5 US Airways** 41.990 7 28.636 46.6
6 Northwest 38.232 5 40.938 -6.6
7 Continental 36.322 6 37.138 -2.2
8 AirTran 18.834 8 17.814 5.7
9 JetBlue 16.737 10 16.136 3.7
10 SkyWest 15.913 9 16.672 -4.6

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

** US Airways' Jan-Sept 2008 number is the report of the merged US Airways and America West. The Jan-Sept 2007 numbers were reported separately by US Airways and America West. America West reported 15.657 million system passengers in Jan-Sept 2007.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Republic Airlines, Shuttle America and Virgin America Airlines have requested confidentiality for traffic data. The airlines numbers are included in summary numbers in this press release but not in individual airline ranking tables pending resolution of the confidentiality motions.

Table 4: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by September 2008 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Sept 2008 Rank Carrier Sept 2008 Enplaned Passengers Sept 2007 Rank Sept 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Southwest 7.353 1 7.979 -7.9
2 American 6.765 2 7.519 -10.0
3 Delta 5.534 3 5.580 -0.8
4 United 4.844 4 5.257 -7.9
5 US Airways** 4.101 7 3.038 35.0
6 Northwest 3.586 5 4.162 -13.8
7 Continental 3.034 6 3.607 -15.9
8 AirTran 1.663 9 1.728 -3.7
9 SkyWest 1.645 8 1.810 -9.1
10 JetBlue 1.439 11 1.486 -3.1

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

** US Airways' September 2008 number is the report of the merged US Airways and America West. The September 2007 numbers were reported separately by US Airways. America West reported 1.268 million system passengers in September 2007.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Republic Airlines, Shuttle America and Virgin America Airlines have requested confidentiality for traffic data. The airlines numbers are included in summary numbers in this press release but not in individual airline ranking tables pending resolution of the confidentiality motions.

Table 5: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by January-September 2008 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Sept 2008 Rank Airport Jan-Sept 2008 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sept 2007 Rank Jan-Sept 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Atlanta 32.458 1 32.022 1.4
2 Chicago O'Hare 24.092 2 25.994 -7.3
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 20.314 3 21.084 -3.7
4 Denver 18.412 4 18.086 1.8
5 Los Angeles 17.281 5 18.021 -4.1
6 Las Vegas 15.350 6 16.093 -4.6
7 Phoenix 14.704 7 15.615 -5.8
8 Houston Bush 14.661 8 15.112 -3.0
9 Charlotte 12.962 14 12.386 4.7
10 New York JFK 12.956 12 12.569 3.1

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 6: Top 10 U.S. Airports ranked by September 2008 System* Scheduled Enplanements

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Sept 2008 Rank Airport Sept 2008 Enplaned Passengers Sept 2007 Rank Sept 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Atlanta 3.343 1 3.275 2.1
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.488 2 2.736 -9.1
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 2.005 3 2.146 -6.5
4 Denver 1.883 4 1.890 -0.4
5 Los Angeles 1.643 5 1.787 -8.1
6 Las Vegas 1.519 6 1.725 -11.9
7 Phoenix 1.378 7 1.510 -8.8
8 Charlotte 1.325 12 1.270 4.3
9 San Francisco 1.276 14 1.239 2.9
10 New York JFK 1.268 10 1.282 -1.2

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

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

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  Monthly Year-to-Date
Sept 2007 Sept 2008 Change % 2007 2008 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 52.3 47.7 -8.9 513.6 499.1 -2.8
Flights (in thousands) 805.1 727.9 -9.6 7,385.9 7,138.3 -3.4
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 45.2 41.0 -9.4 448.9 438.1 -2.4
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 59.8 53.9 -9.9 555.7 546.2 -1.7
Load Factor* 75.7 76.1 0.4 80.8 80.2 -0.6
Flight Stage Length** 613.7 605.6 -1.3 617.1 626.3 1.5
Passenger Trip Length*** 864.9 860.3 -0.5 874.0 877.7 0.4

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. Carriers

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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  2006 2007 2006-2007 Pct. Change 2008 2007-2008 Pct. Change
January 48.9 50.0 2.3 50.3 0.5
February 47.3 47.8 0.9 49.6 3.9
March 58.3 59.2 1.6 58.6 -1.1
April 55.8 57.4 2.8 55.5 -3.3
May 57.1 59.3 3.7 57.9 -2.3
June 59.3 61.5 3.7 59.4 -3.4
July 60.8 63.5 4.3 61.3 -3.5
August 58.3 62.7 7.5 58.8 -6.1
September 49.9 52.3 4.7 47.7 -8.9
October 55.1 57.2 3.8    
November 53.9 55.0 2.2    
December 53.5 53.3 -0.5    
9 Mo. Total 495.9 513.6 3.6 499.1 -2.8
Yr. Total 658.4 679.2 3.2    

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 2008 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Sept 2008 Rank Carrier Jan-Sept 2008 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sept 2007 Rank Jan-Sept 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Southwest 77.946 1 77.035 1.2
2 American 54.996 2 57.714 -4.7
3 Delta 44.611 3 46.628 -4.3
4 United 40.083 4 43.234 -7.3
5 US Airways* 37.027 7 24.959 48.4
6 Northwest 30.214 5 33.375 -9.5
7 Continental 26.574 6 27.966 -5.0
8 AirTran 18.834 8 17.778 5.9
9 JetBlue 15.751 10 15.561 1.2
10 SkyWest 14.980 9 15.843 -5.4

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

* US Airways' Jan-Sept 2008 number is the report of the merged US Airways and America West. The Jan-Sept 2007 numbers were reported separately by US Airways and America West. America West reported 14.667 million domestic passengers in Jan-Sept 2007.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Republic Airlines, Shuttle America and Virgin America Airlines have requested confidentiality for traffic data. The airlines numbers are included in summary numbers in this press release but not in individual airline ranking tables pending resolution of the confidentiality motions.

Table 10: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by September 2008 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Sept 2008 Rank Carrier Sept 2008 Enplaned Passengers Sept 2007 Rank Sept 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Southwest 7.353 1 7.979 -7.9
2 American 5.242 2 5.860 -10.5
3 Delta 4.587 3 4.692 -2.2
4 United 3.974 4 4.297 -7.5
5 US Airways* 3.691 7 2.663 38.6
6 Northwest 2.735 5 3.352 -18.4
7 Continental 2.219 6 2.725 -18.6
8 AirTran 1.663 8 1.728 -3.7
9 SkyWest 1.543 9 1.723 -10.4
10 JetBlue 1.349 11 1.432 -5.9

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

* US Airways' September 2008 number is the report of the merged US Airways and America West. The September 2007 numbers were reported separately by US Airways. America West reported 1.204 million domestic passengers in September 2007.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Republic Airlines, Shuttle America and Virgin America Airlines have requested confidentiality for traffic data. The airlines numbers are included in summary numbers in this press release but not in individual airline ranking tables pending resolution of the confidentiality motions.

Table 11: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by January-September 2008 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Sept 2008 Rank Airport Jan-Sept 2008 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sept 2007 Rank Jan-Sept 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Atlanta 29.312 1 29.011 1.0
2 Chicago O'Hare 21.664 2 23.477 -7.7
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 18.734 3 19.472 -3.8
4 Denver 17.826 4 17.559 1.5
5 Los Angeles 15.826 5 16.489 -4.0
6 Las Vegas 15.241 6 15.966 -4.5
7 Phoenix 14.184 7 15.132 -6.3
8 Orlando 12.429 9 12.510 -0.6
9 Houston Bush 12.173 8 12.744 -4.5
10 Charlotte 12.134 12 11.643 4.2

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 12: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by September 2008 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Sept 2008 Rank Airport Sept 2008 Enplaned Passengers Sept 2007 Rank Sept 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Atlanta 3.047 1 2.982 2.2
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.241 2 2.462 -9.0
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 1.861 3 1.989 -6.4
4 Denver 1.835 4 1.841 -0.4
5 Los Angeles 1.519 6 1.645 -7.6
6 Las Vegas 1.507 5 1.709 -11.8
7 Phoenix 1.339 7 1.471 -9.0
8 Charlotte 1.272 9 1.215 4.7
9 Seattle 1.203 10 1.201 0.2
10 San Francisco 1.139 14 1.089 4.6

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

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

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  Monthly Year-to-Date
Sept 2007 Sept 2008 Change % 2007 2008 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 6.9 6.6 -5.0 69.1 71.3 3.2
Flights (in thousands) 66.5 61.6 -7.3 657.8 655.7 -0.3
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 19.5 19.3 -1.4 180.0 189.0 5.0
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 24.6 24.8 0.8 223.8 236.8 5.9
Load Factor* 79.5 77.8 -1.7 80.4 79.8 -0.6
Flight Stage Length** 1,804.6 1,921.0 6.4 1,689.7 1,776.5 5.1
Passenger Trip Length*** 2,831.5 2,941.5 3.9 2,606.1 2,651.0 1.7

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. Carriers

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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  2006 2007 2006-2007 Pct. Change 2008 2007-2008 Pct. Change
January 6.7 7.1 6.0 7.5 4.9
February 6.0 6.3 5.4 6.9 9.3
March 7.6 7.9 5.0 8.5 7.2
April 7.3 7.5 1.9 7.6 1.2
May 7.3 7.5 2.5 8.0 6.5
June 7.9 8.2 3.3 8.4 2.4
July 8.7 8.9 3.2 9.1 1.3
August 8.2 8.7 6.2 8.9 2.0
September 6.5 6.9 6.6 6.6 -5.0
October 6.6 7.0 6.3    
November 6.4 6.9 6.5    
December 7.2 7.5 4.9    
9 Mo. Total 66.2 69.1 4.4 71.3 3.2
Yr. Total 86.4 90.5 4.7    

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 2008 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Sept 2008 Rank Carrier Jan-Sept 2008 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sept 2007 Rank Jan-Sept 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 American 16,341.5 1 16,362.1 -0.1
2 Continental 9,747.6 2 9,172.0 6.3
3 Delta 9,594.5 4 8,805.0 9.0
4 United 8,888.5 3 9,095.5 -2.3
5 Northwest 8,017.1 5 7,562.9 6.0
6 US Airways* 4,963.7 6 3,677.5 35.0
7 ExpressJet 1,504.7 7 1,562.7 -3.7
8 Executive 1,228.6 8 1,333.8 -7.9
9 Spirit 1,057.3 11 957.6 10.4
10 JetBlue 986.1 15 575.7 71.3

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

* US Airways' Jan-Sept 2008 number is the report of the merged US Airways and America West. The Jan-Sept 2007 numbers were reported separately by US Airways and America West. America West reported 990.3 thousand international passengers in Jan-Sept 2007.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Republic Airlines, Shuttle America and Virgin America Airlines have requested confidentiality for traffic data. The airlines numbers are included in summary numbers in this press release but not in individual airline ranking tables pending resolution of the confidentiality motions.

Table 16: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by September 2008 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Sept 2008 Rank Carrier Sept 2008 Enplaned Passengers Sept 2007 Rank Sept 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 American 1,522.8 1 1,658.6 -8.2
2 Delta 947.4 3 887.7 6.7
3 United 870.2 2 960.2 -9.4
4 Northwest 850.8 5 810.7 4.9
5 Continental 815.5 4 882.2 -7.6
6 US Airways* 410.4 6 375.0 9.4
7 ExpressJet 115.0 7 155.2 -25.9
8 SkyWest 102.0 11 87.3 16.9
9 JetBlue 90.3 15 53.2 69.8
10 Continental Micronesia 84.8 9 95.6 -11.2

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

* US Airways' September 2008 number is the report of the merged US Airways and America West. The September 2007 numbers were reported separately by US Airways. America West reported 63.7 thousand international passengers in September 2007.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Republic Airlines, Shuttle America and Virgin America Airlines have requested confidentiality for traffic data. The airlines numbers are included in summary numbers in this press release but not in individual airline ranking tables pending resolution of the confidentiality motions.

Table 17: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by January-September 2008 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Sept 2008 Rank Airport Jan-Sept 2008 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sept 2007 Rank Jan-Sept 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Miami 3,824.6 1 3,606.0 6.1
2 New York JFK 3,345.4 3 2,998.0 11.6
3 Atlanta 3,145.9 2 3,011.0 4.5
4 Newark 3,077.9 4 2,850.5 8.0
5 Houston Bush 2,488.5 6 2,367.9 5.1
6 Chicago O'Hare 2,427.4 5 2,517.8 -3.6
7 Dallas/Ft.Worth 1,580.1 7 1,612.2 -2.0
8 Los Angeles 1,455.6 8 1,532.7 -5.0
9 San Francisco 1,417.1 9 1,392.5 1.8
10 Detroit Metro 1,295.1 10 1,262.2 2.6

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 18: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by September 2008 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Sept 2008 Rank Airport Sept 2008 Enplaned Passengers Sept 2007 Rank Sept 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Miami 357.2 1 355.6 0.5
2 New York JFK 340.8 2 323.1 5.5
3 Newark 296.8 3 294.1 0.9
4 Atlanta 295.9 4 293.0 1.0
5 Chicago O'Hare 246.6 5 274.6 -10.2
6 Houston Bush 174.6 6 200.1 -12.7
7 Dallas/Ft.Worth 144.7 7 157.3 -8.0
8 San Francisco 137.0 8 150.6 -9.0
9 Detroit Metro 134.1 10 138.3 -3.1
10 Philadelphia 127.7 11 133.0 -4.0

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.