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October 2008 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Down 7.1 Percent in October from 2007 and Down 2.6 Percent for January-to-October

October 2008 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Down 7.1 Percent in October from 2007 and Down 2.6 Percent for January-to-October

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Dave Smallen
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Thursday, January 15, 2009 - The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines during October 2008 declined by 7.1 percent from October 2007, dropping by 4.6 million to 59.6 million, in the 8th consecutive monthly decline from the same month of the previous year, the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported (Table 1). The October system passenger number was the lowest October number since 2003.

BTS, a part of DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration, in a release of preliminary data, reported that U.S. airlines carried 7.5 percent fewer domestic passengers than in October 2007. The October domestic passenger number was the lowest October number since 2003. International passengers on U.S. carriers decreased 3.6 percent (Tables 7, 13).

For the first 10 months of 2008, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines declined by 2.6 percent from the same period in 2007, dropping to 630.1 million, 16.8 million fewer than a year earlier

U.S. airlines carried 3.3 percent fewer domestic passengers and 2.6 percent more international passengers in the first 10 months of 2008 than during the same period in 2007 (Tables 7, 13). 

The combined domestic and international system load factor of 80.0 percent for January through October was down 0.5 load factor points from last year's record for the 10-month period (Table 1). Load factor measures the use of the airlines' passenger capacity.

In October, both the combined domestic and international system load factor and the domestic load factor reached record levels for the month of October. The system load factor was 79.2 percent, up 0.5 points from the previous record in October 2007. The domestic load factor was 79.8, up 1.3 points from the previous record in October 2007. The international load factor was down 1.3 points from October 2007.

Top Airlines

Southwest Airlines carried more total system and more domestic passengers for the first 10 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 prior to October 2007 do not include America West's numbers. See the notes for system, domestic and international airline ranking tables 3, 9 and 15 for America West's 2007 passenger numbers.

Top Airports

More total system and domestic passengers boarded planes in the first 10 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 8.6 million domestic and international flights in the first 10 months of 2008, 3.8 percent fewer than were operated during the same period in 2007 (Table 1). Domestic flights decreased 4.0 percent from the previous year while international flights were down 0.8 percent (Tables 7, 13).

In October, U.S. airlines operated 820,500 scheduled domestic and international flights, down 9.6 percent from the number of flights operated in October 2007 (Table 1). The number of domestic flights decreased 9.9 percent in October from a year earlier while international flights were down 5.6 percent (Tables 7, 13).

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

In other total system comparisons from the first 10 months of 2007 to the first 10 months of 2008 and from October 2007 to October 2008 (Table 1):

Revenue passenger-miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were down 0.9 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, RPMs were down 6.5 percent.

Available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were down 0.3 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, ASMs were down 7.0 percent.

Passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was down 0.5 load factor points at 80.0 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, load factor increased 0.5 load factor points to 79.2 percent.

Flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was up 2.4 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, flight stage length was up 0.3 percent.

Passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was up 1.7 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, passenger trip length was up 0.7 percent.

Among U.S. airlines, Southwest carried 86.5 million passengers on its system in the first 10 months of 2008, the most of any airline (Table 3). In October, Southwest carried 8.6 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 10 months of 2008, with 36.2 million domestic and international passenger boardings (Table 5). In October, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest U.S. airport with 3.7 million domestic and international passenger boardings on U. S. carriers (Table 6).

Domestic Air Travel (Tables 7-12)

U.S. airlines carried 552.1 million scheduled domestic passengers during the first 10 months of 2008, down 3.3 percent from the 570.8 million carried during the same period in 2007 (Table 7). The passengers were carried on 7.9 million flights, down 4.0 percent from the number of flights operated in 2007 (Table 7).

In the most recent data month, October, the airlines carried 52.9 million scheduled domestic passengers, down 7.5 percent from the number of passengers carried during October 2007 (Table 8). The passengers were carried on 757,600 flights, down 9.9 percent from the 841,200 flights operated in October 2007 (Table 7).

In other domestic comparisons from the first 10 months of 2007 to the first 10 months of 2008 and from October 2007 to October 2008 (Table 7):

Domestic revenue passenger-miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were down 3.0 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, domestic RPMs were down 8.5 percent.

Domestic available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were down 2.5 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, domestic ASMs were down 10.0 percent.

Domestic passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was down 0.4 load factor points at 80.2 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, domestic load factor was up 1.3 load factor points at 79.8 percent.

Domestic flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was up 1.2 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, domestic flight stage length was down 1.4 percent.

Domestic passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was up 0.3 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, domestic passenger trip length was down 1.1 percent.

Southwest carried 86.5 million domestic passengers in the first 10 months of 2008, the most of any airline (Table 9). In October, Southwest carried 8.6 million domestic passengers, the most of any airline (Table 10).

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest domestic airport in the first 10 months of 2008, with 32.7 million domestic passenger boardings (Table 11). In October, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest domestic airport with 3.4 million domestic passenger boardings (Table 12).

International Air Travel (Tables 13-18)

U.S. airlines carried 78.0 million scheduled international passengers during the first 10 months of 2008, up 2.6 percent from the 76.0 million carried during the same period in 2007 (Table 14). The passengers were carried on 718,600 flights, down 0.8 percent from the 724,400 flights operated in 2007 (Table 13).

In the most recent data month, October, the airlines carried 6.7 million scheduled international passengers, down 3.6 percent from the number of passengers carried during October 2007. The passengers were carried on 62,900 flights, down 5.6 percent from the 66,600 flights operated in October 2007 (Table 13).

In other international comparisons from the first 10 months of 2007 to the first 10 months of 2008 and from October 2007 to October 2008 (Table 13):

International revenue passenger-miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were up 4.4 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, international RPMs were down 1.2 percent.

International available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were up 5.3 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, international ASMs were up 0.5 percent.

International passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was down 0.7 load factor points to 79.6 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, international load factor was down 1.3 load factor points to 77.8 percent.

International flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was up 5.0 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, international flight stage length was up 4.4 percent.

International passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was up 1.8 percent in the first 10 months of 2008. In October, international passenger trip length was up 2.5 percent.

American carried 17.9 million international passengers in the first 10 months of 2008, the most of any U.S. airline (Table 15). In October, American carried 1.6 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 10 months of 2008, with 4.2 million international passenger boardings (Table 17). In October, Miami was the busiest U.S. airport for international travel on U.S. carriers with 385,400 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 83 carriers as of Jan. 6 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 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 244,198 foreign point-to-point passengers. For January through October, U.S. carriers reported 2,374,070 foreign point-to-point passengers.

Data are subject to revision. BTS has scheduled Feb. 12 for the release of November traffic data.

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

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  Monthly Year-to-Date
Oct 2007 Oct 2008 Change % 2007 2008 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 64.2 59.6 -7.1 646.9 630.1 -2.6
Flights (in thousands) 907.8 820.5 -9.6 8,951.5 8,614.4 -3.8
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 68.4 64.0 -6.5 697.3 691.1 -0.9
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 86.9 80.8 -7.0 866.4 863.9 -0.3
Load Factor* 78.7 79.2 0.5 80.5 80.0 -0.5
Flight Stage Length** 700.5 702.4 0.3 704.3 721.1 2.4
Passenger Trip Length*** 1,065.7 1,072.9 0.7 1,078.0 1,096.8 1.7

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 70.4 -2.8
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 59.6 -7.1
November 60.3 61.9 2.7    
December 60.7 60.8 0.2    
10 Mo. Total 623.7 646.9 3.7 630.1 -2.6
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-October 2008 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Oct 2008 Rank Carrier Jan-Oct 2008 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Oct 2007 Rank Jan-Oct 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Southwest 86.508 1 85.559 1.1
2 American 78.775 2 82.257 -4.2
3 Delta 60.245 3 61.503 -2.0
4 United 54.092 4 57.981 -6.7
5 US Airways** 46.382 7 33.336 39.1
6 Northwest 41.957 5 45.360 -7.5
7 Continental 39.892 6 41.095 -2.9
8 AirTran 20.800 8 19.835 4.9
9 JetBlue 18.334 10 17.761 3.2
10 SkyWest 17.699 9 18.577 -4.7

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

** US Airways' Oct 2007 and Jan-Sept 2008 numbers are 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 October 2008 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Oct 2008 Rank Carrier Oct 2008 Enplaned Passengers Oct 2007 Rank Oct 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Southwest 8.563 1 8.524 0.5
2 American 7.437 2 8.181 -9.1
3 Delta 6.039 3 6.070 -0.5
4 United 5.121 4 5.651 -9.4
5 US Airways 4.392 5 4.700 -6.6
6 Northwest 3.726 6 4.422 -15.8
7 Continental 3.571 7 3.958 -9.8
8 AirTran 1.966 8 2.021 -2.7
9 SkyWest 1.729 9 1.906 -9.2
10 JetBlue 1.597 10 1.624 -1.7

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

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-October 2008 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Oct 2008 Rank Airport Jan-Oct 2008 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Oct 2007 Rank Jan-Oct 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Atlanta 36.163 1 35.696 1.3
2 Chicago O'Hare 26.793 2 28.944 -7.4
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 22.548 3 23.446 -3.8
4 Denver 20.364 4 20.080 1.4
5 Los Angeles 19.033 5 19.926 -4.5
6 Las Vegas 16.941 6 17.923 -5.5
7 Phoenix 16.228 7 17.295 -6.2
8 Houston Bush 16.172 8 16.749 -3.4
9 Charlotte 14.429 14 13.818 4.4
10 New York JFK 14.293 12 13.924 2.7

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 October 2008 System* Scheduled Enplanements

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Oct 2008 Rank Airport Oct 2008 Enplaned Passengers Oct 2007 Rank Oct 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Atlanta 3.705 1 3.674 0.8
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.701 2 2.950 -8.4
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 2.234 3 2.362 -5.4
4 Denver 1.952 4 1.994 -2.1
5 Los Angeles 1.751 5 1.904 -8.0
6 Las Vegas 1.591 6 1.830 -13.1
7 Phoenix 1.525 7 1.680 -9.3
8 Houston Bush 1.511 8 1.638 -7.7
9 Charlotte 1.467 10 1.432 2.4
10 Detroit Metro 1.351 9 1.457 -7.3

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
Oct 2007 Oct 2008 Change % 2007 2008 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 57.2 52.9 -7.5 570.8 552.1 -3.3
Flights (in thousands) 841.2 757.6 -9.9 8,227.1 7,895.8 -4.0
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 49.1 44.9 -8.5 498.0 483.0 -3.0
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 62.5 56.2 -10.0 618.2 602.4 -2.5
Load Factor* 78.5 79.8 1.3 80.6 80.2 -0.4
Flight Stage Length** 613.9 605.1 -1.4 616.7 624.3 1.2
Passenger Trip Length*** 857.7 848.2 -1.1 872.4 874.8 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: 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 -3.4
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 52.9 -7.5
November 53.9 55.0 2.2    
December 53.5 53.3 -0.5    
10 Mo. Total 551.0 570.8 3.6 552.1 -3.3
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-October 2008 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Oct 2008 Rank Carrier Jan-Oct 2008 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Oct 2007 Rank Jan-Oct 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Southwest 86.508 1 85.559 1.1
2 American 60.850 2 64.193 -5.2
3 Delta 49.730 3 51.846 -4.1
4 United 44.329 4 47.922 -7.5
5 US Airways* 41.009 7 29.244 40.2
6 Northwest 33.109 5 36.993 -10.5
7 Continental 29.278 6 31.038 -5.7
8 AirTran 20.800 8 19.798 5.1
9 JetBlue 17.246 10 17.132 0.7
10 SkyWest 16.658 9 17.660 -5.7

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

* US Airways' Oct 2007 and Jan-Sept 2008 numbers are 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 October 2008 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Oct 2008 Rank Carrier Oct 2008 Enplaned Passengers Oct 2007 Rank Oct 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Southwest 8.563 1 8.524 0.5
2 American 5.854 2 6.479 -9.6
3 Delta 5.119 3 5.218 -1.9
4 United 4.247 4 4.688 -9.4
5 US Airways 3.983 5 4.286 -7.1
6 Northwest 2.895 6 3.618 -20.0
7 Continental 2.704 7 3.072 -12.0
8 AirTran 1.966 8 2.021 -2.7
9 SkyWest 1.622 9 1.817 -10.7
10 JetBlue 1.495 10 1.572 -4.9

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

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-October 2008 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Oct 2008 Rank Airport Jan-Oct 2008 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Oct 2007 Rank Jan-Oct 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Atlanta 32.726 1 32.399 1.0
2 Chicago O'Hare 24.118 2 26.158 -7.8
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 20.815 3 21.669 -3.9
4 Denver 19.729 4 19.499 1.2
5 Los Angeles 17.448 5 18.242 -4.4
6 Las Vegas 16.819 6 17.776 -5.4
7 Phoenix 15.658 7 16.764 -6.6
8 Orlando 13.595 9 13.813 -1.6
9 Charlotte 13.541 12 13.017 4.0
10 Houston Bush 13.466 8 14.163 -4.9

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 October 2008 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Oct 2008 Rank Airport Oct 2008 Enplaned Passengers Oct 2007 Rank Oct 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Atlanta 3.414 1 3.387 0.8
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.453 2 2.681 -8.5
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 2.081 3 2.198 -5.3
4 Denver 1.904 4 1.939 -1.8
5 Los Angeles 1.622 6 1.753 -7.5
6 Las Vegas 1.578 5 1.811 -12.9
7 Phoenix 1.475 7 1.632 -9.6
8 Charlotte 1.407 9 1.373 2.4
9 Houston Bush 1.293 8 1.420 -8.9
10 Detroit Metro 1.220 10 1.318 -7.4

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
Oct 2007 Oct 2008 Change % 2007 2008 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 7.0 6.7 -3.6 76.0 78.0 2.6
Flights (in thousands) 66.6 62.9 -5.6 724.4 718.6 -0.8
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 19.3 19.1 -1.2 199.3 208.1 4.4
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 24.4 24.6 0.5 248.2 261.4 5.3
Load Factor* 79.1 77.8 -1.3 80.3 79.6 -0.7
Flight Stage Length** 1,794.6 1,874.3 4.4 1,699.4 1,785.0 5.0
Passenger Trip Length*** 2,772.7 2,843.1 2.5 2,621.3 2,667.5 1.8

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 6.7 -3.6
November 6.4 6.9 6.5    
December 7.2 7.5 4.9    
10 Mo. Total 72.7 76.0 4.6 78.0 2.6
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-October 2008 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Oct 2008 Rank Carrier Jan-Oct 2008 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Oct 2007 Rank Jan-Oct 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 American 17,924.7 1 18,064.0 -0.8
2 Continental 10,614.6 3 10,058.0 5.5
3 Delta 10,514.7 4 9,657.2 8.9
4 United 9,762.5 2 10,059.0 -2.9
5 Northwest 8,847.7 5 8,366.9 5.7
6 US Airways* 5,372.7 6 4,092.2 31.3
7 ExpressJet 1,638.9 7 1,727.7 -5.1
8 Executive 1,331.4 8 1,465.0 -9.1
9 Spirit 1,142.8 10 1,048.8 9.0
10 JetBlue 1,088.2 15 628.3 73.2

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

* US Airways' Oct 2007 and Jan-Sept 2008 numbers are 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 October 2008 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Oct 2008 Rank Carrier Oct 2008 Enplaned Passengers Oct 2007 Rank Oct 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 American 1,583.1 1 1,701.9 -7.0
2 Delta 920.2 4 852.2 8.0
3 United 874.0 2 963.5 -9.3
4 Continental 867.0 3 886.0 -2.1
5 Northwest 830.5 5 804.0 3.3
6 US Airways 409.0 6 414.7 -1.4
7 ExpressJet 134.2 7 165.0 -18.7
8 SkyWest 107.2 11 88.3 21.5
9 Executive 102.8 8 131.2 -21.7
10 JetBlue 102.1 14 52.7 93.8

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

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-October 2008 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Oct 2008 Rank Airport Jan-Oct 2008 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Oct 2007 Rank Jan-Oct 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Miami 4,210.0 1 3,986.3 5.6
2 New York JFK 3,680.1 2 3,301.1 11.5
3 Atlanta 3,436.9 3 3,297.5 4.2
4 Newark 3,373.5 4 3,144.8 7.3
5 Houston Bush 2,706.2 6 2,585.7 4.7
6 Chicago O'Hare 2,675.4 5 2,786.3 -4.0
7 Dallas/Ft.Worth 1,733.7 7 1,776.2 -2.4
8 Los Angeles 1,585.1 8 1,683.6 -5.9
9 San Francisco 1,556.5 9 1,551.8 0.3
10 Detroit Metro 1,425.9 10 1,400.9 1.8

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 October 2008 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Oct 2008 Rank Airport Oct 2008 Enplaned Passengers Oct 2007 Rank Oct 2007 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2007-2008
1 Miami 385.4 1 380.2 1.4
2 New York JFK 334.7 2 303.1 10.4
3 Newark 295.6 3 294.3 0.4
4 Atlanta 291.0 4 286.4 1.6
5 Chicago O'Hare 248.0 5 268.6 -7.7
6 Houston Bush 217.7 6 217.9 -0.1
7 Dallas/Ft.Worth 153.6 7 164.0 -6.4
8 San Francisco 139.5 8 159.3 -12.5
9 Detroit Metro 130.8 10 138.7 -5.6
10 Los Angeles 129.5 9 150.9 -14.2

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.