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February 2009 Airline Traffic: System Traffic Down 11.8 Percent in February from 2008 and Down 11.0 Percent for January-to-February

February 2009 Airline Traffic: System Traffic Down 11.8 Percent in February from 2008 and Down 11.0 Percent for January-to-February

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Dave Smallen
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Thursday, May 14, 2009 - The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in February 2009 declined by 11.8 percent from February 2008, dropping by 6.7 million to 49.8 million in the largest decrease from the same month of the previous year since December 2001, the Department of Transportations Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported (Table 1). February was the 12th consecutive month with a decrease in passengers from 2008, dropping the number of scheduled airline passengers to the lowest total since January 2004.

BTS, a part of DOTs Research and Innovative Technology Administration, in a release of preliminary data, reported that U.S. airlines carried 11.9 percent fewer domestic passengers than in February 2008 in the largest year-to-year percent decline since December 2001. International passengers on U.S. carriers decreased 10.9 percent, the largest year-to-year decline since January 2002 (Tables 7, 13).

For the first two months of 2009, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines declined by 11.0 percent from the same period in 2008, dropping to 101.6 million, 12.6 million fewer than a year earlier (Table 2).

U.S. airlines carried 11.4 percent fewer domestic passengers and 8.6 percent less international passengers in the first two months of 2009 than during the same period in 2008 (Tables 7, 13).

Top Airlines

Southwest Airlines carried more total system and more domestic passengers for the first two 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).

Top Airports

More total system and domestic passengers boarded planes in the first two 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 1.5 million domestic and international flights in the first two months of 2009, 9.9 percent fewer than were operated during the same period in 2008 (Table 1). Domestic flights decreased 10.3 percent from the previous year while international flights were down 6.5 percent (Tables 7, 13).

In February, U.S. airlines operated 720,500 scheduled domestic and international flights, down 9.7 percent from the number of flights operated in February 2008 (Table 1). The number of domestic flights decreased 9.9 percent in February from a year earlier while international flights were down 7.6 percent (Tables 7, 13).

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

In other total system comparisons from the first two months of 2008 to the first two months of 2009 and from February 2008 to February 2009 (Table 1):

Revenue passenger-miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were down 11.1 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, RPMs were down 12.6 percent.

Available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were down 9.4 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, ASMs were down 10.5 percent.

Passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was down 1.4 load factor points at 73.1 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, load factor decreased 1.7 load factor points to 73.3 percent.

Flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was down 0.5 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, flight stage length was down 1.1 percent.

Passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was down 0.1 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, passenger trip length was down 1.0 percent.

Among U.S. airlines, Southwest carried 14.1 million passengers on its system in the first two months of 2009, the most of any airline (Table 3). In February, Southwest carried 7.1 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 two months of 2009, with 6.1 million domestic and international passenger boardings (Table 5). In February, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest U.S. airport with 2.9 million domestic and international passenger boardings on U. S. carriers (Table 6).

Domestic Air Travel (Tables 7-12)

U.S. airlines carried 88.5 million scheduled domestic passengers during the first two months of 2009, down 11.4 percent from the 99.8 million carried during the same period in 2008 (Table 7). The passengers were carried on 1.4 million flights, down 10.3 percent from the number of flights operated in 2008 (Table 7).

In the most recent data month, February, the airlines carried 43.7 million scheduled domestic passengers, down 11.9 percent from the number of passengers carried during February 2008 (Table 8). The passengers were carried on 657,800 flights, down 9.9 percent from the 730,200 flights operated in February 2008 (Table 7).

In other domestic comparisons from the first two months of 2008 to the first two months of 2009 and from February 2008 to February 2009 (Table 7):

Domestic revenue passenger-miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were down 12.0 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, domestic RPMs were down 12.9 percent.

Domestic available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were down 11.6 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, domestic ASMs were down 12.1 percent.

Domestic passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was down 0.4 load factor points at 74.0 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, domestic load factor was down 0.7 load factor points at 75.2 percent.

Domestic flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was down 1.8 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, domestic flight stage length was down 2.1 percent.

Domestic passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was down 0.7 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, domestic passenger trip length was down 1.1 percent.

Southwest carried 14.1 million domestic passengers in the first two months of 2009, the most of any airline (Table 9). In February, Southwest carried 7.1 million domestic passengers, the most of any airline (Table 10).

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest domestic airport in the first two months of 2009, with 5.5 million domestic passenger boardings (Table 11). In February, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest domestic airport with 2.7 million domestic passenger boardings (Table 12).

International Air Travel (Tables 13-18)

U.S. airlines carried 13.2 million scheduled international passengers during the first two months of 2009, down 8.6 percent from the 14.4 million carried during the same period in 2008 (Table 14). The passengers were carried on 131,500 flights, down 6.5 percent from the 140,700 flights operated in 2008 (Table 13).

In the most recent data month, February, the airlines carried 6.2 million scheduled international passengers, down 10.9 percent from the number of passengers carried during February 2008. The passengers were carried on 62,700 flights, down 7.6 percent from the 67,800 flights operated in February 2008 (Table 13).

In other international comparisons from the first two months of 2008 to the first two months of 2009 and from February 2008 to February 2009 (Table 13):

International revenue passenger-miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were down 8.8 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, international RPMs were down 12.1 percent.

International available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were down 4.1 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, international ASMs were down 6.7 percent.

International passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was down 3.6 load factor points to 71.1 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, international load factor was down 3.9 load factor points to 68.9 percent.

International flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was up 2.2 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, international flight stage length was up 1.1 percent.

International passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was down 0.3 percent in the first two months of 2009. In February, international passenger trip length was down 1.4 percent.

American carried 3.0 million international passengers in the first two months of 2009, the most of any U.S. airline (Table 15). In February, American carried 1.4 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 two months of 2009, with 802,000 international passenger boardings (Table 17). In February, Miami was the busiest U.S. airport for international travel on U.S. carriers with 371,900 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 82 carriers as of May 5 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 can be found on the BTS website in the Airline Industry box. Click on a link in the column on the right.

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 November, 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 February and international numbers through November 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 February, U.S. carriers reported 195,524 foreign point-to-point passengers. For January through February, U.S. carriers reported 444,514 foreign point-to-point passengers.

Data are subject to revision. BTS has scheduled June 11 for the release of March traffic data.

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

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  Monthly Year-to-Date
Feb 2008 Feb 2009 Change % 2008 2009 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 56.5 49.8 -11.8 114.2 101.6 -11.0
Flights (in thousands) 798.1 720.5 -9.7 1,663.6 1,498.1 -9.9
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 60.3 52.7 -12.6 123.8 110.1 -11.1
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 80.4 71.9 -10.5 166.2 150.6 -9.4
Load Factor* 75.0 73.3 -1.7 74.5 73.1 -1.4
Flight Stage Length** 725.3 717.3 -1.1 722.4 718.9 -0.5
Passenger Trip Length*** 1,067.9 1,057.7 -1.0 1,084.4 1,083.6 -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)

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  2007 2008 2007-2008 Pct. Change 2009 2008-2009 Pct. Change
January 57.1 57.7 1.1 51.8 -10.2
February 54.1 56.5 4.4 49.8 -11.8
March 67.2 67.1 -0.1    
April 64.9 63.1 -2.8    
May 66.8 65.9 -1.3    
June 69.7 67.8 -2.7    
July 72.4 70.3 -2.9    
August 71.3 67.7 -5.1    
September 59.2 54.2 -8.4    
October 64.2 59.7 -7.1    
November 61.9 54.1 -12.7    
December 60.8 57.4 -5.7    
2 Mo. Total 111.2 114.2 2.7 101.6 -11.0
Yr. Total 769.6 741.4 -3.7    

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-February 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Feb 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-Feb 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Feb 2008 Rank Jan-Feb 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 14.062 1 15.399 -8.7
2 American 12.909 2 14.809 -12.8
3 Delta 10.002 3 10.588 -5.5
4 United 8.166 4 9.497 -14.0
5 US Airways 7.890 5 8.576 -8.0
6 Continental 6.308 7 7.339 -14.0
7 Northwest 6.116 6 7.728 -20.9
8 JetBlue 3.296 9 3.435 -4.0
9 AirTran 3.286 8 3.516 -6.5
10 SkyWest 2.967 10 3.189 -7.0

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 4: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by February 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Feb 2009 Rank Carrier Feb 2009 Enplaned Passengers Feb 2008 Rank Feb 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 7.068 1 7.745 -8.7
2 American 6.212 2 7.139 -13.0
3 Delta 4.739 3 5.244 -9.6
4 United 3.954 4 4.721 -16.2
5 US Airways 3.842 5 4.259 -9.8
6 Continental 3.059 7 3.609 -15.2
7 Northwest 2.984 6 3.832 -22.1
8 JetBlue 1.636 9 1.708 -4.2
9 AirTran 1.619 8 1.885 -14.1
10 SkyWest 1.471 10 1.601 -8.1

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 5: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by January-February 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines**

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Feb 2009 Rank Airport Jan-Feb 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Feb 2008 Rank Jan-Feb 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 6.086 1 6.326 -3.8
2 Chicago O'Hare 3.972 2 4.518 -12.1
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 3.795 3 4.196 -9.6
4 Denver 3.371 4 3.565 -5.4
5 Los Angeles 3.009 5 3.436 -12.4
6 Phoenix 2.788 7 3.129 -10.9
7 Las Vegas 2.717 6 3.205 -15.2
8 Houston Bush 2.712 8 3.024 -10.3
9 Charlotte 2.556 10 2.598 -1.6
10 Orlando 2.390 9 2.756 -13.3

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.

Table 6: Top 10 U.S. Airports ranked by February 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines**

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Feb 2009 Rank Airport Feb 2009 Enplaned Passengers Feb 2008 Rank Feb 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 2.924 1 3.193 -8.4
2 Chicago O'Hare 1.965 2 2.218 -11.4
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 1.855 3 2.064 -10.1
4 Denver 1.646 4 1.788 -8.0
5 Los Angeles 1.455 5 1.682 -13.5
6 Las Vegas 1.355 6 1.593 -15.0
7 Phoenix 1.351 7 1.571 -14.0
8 Houston Bush 1.307 8 1.452 -10.0
9 Charlotte 1.254 11 1.299 -3.4
10 Orlando 1.165 9 1.367 -14.8

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.

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

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  Monthly Previous Calendar Years
Feb 2008 Feb 2009 Change % 2007 2008 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 49.6 43.7 -11.9 99.8 88.5 -11.4
Flights (in thousands) 730.2 657.8 -9.9 1,523.0 1,366.6 -10.3
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 43.2 37.6 -12.9 87.4 76.9 -12.0
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 56.9 50.0 -12.1 117.5 103.9 -11.6
Load Factor* 75.9 75.2 -0.7 74.4 74.0 -0.4
Flight Stage Length** 632.5 619.5 -2.1 630.3 619.0 -1.8
Passenger Trip Length*** 871.2 861.9 -1.1 875.8 869.5 -0.7

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)

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  2007 2008 2007-2008 Pct. Change 2009 2008-2009 Pct. Change
January 50.0 50.2 0.4 44.8 -10.8
February 47.8 49.6 3.8 43.7 -11.9
March 59.2 58.6 -1.1    
April 57.4 55.5 -3.3    
May 59.3 57.9 -2.3    
June 61.5 59.4 -3.4    
July 63.5 61.3 -3.4    
August 62.7 58.8 -6.1    
September 52.3 47.7 -8.9    
October 57.2 53.0 -7.4    
November 55.0 47.7 -13.4    
December 53.3 50.2 -5.7    
2 Mo. Total 97.8 99.8 2.1 88.5 -11.4
Yr. Total 679.2 649.9 -4.3    

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-February 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Feb 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-Feb 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Feb 2008 Rank Jan-Feb 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 14.062 1 15.399 -8.7
2 American 9.864 2 11.383 -13.3
3 Delta 8.364 3 8.905 -6.1
4 US Airways 6.862 5 7.631 -10.1
5 United 6.640 4 7.669 -13.4
6 Northwest 4.662 6 6.093 -23.5
7 Continental 4.558 7 5.486 -16.9
8 AirTran 3.265 8 3.516 -7.1
9 JetBlue 2.982 9 3.257 -8.5
10 SkyWest 2.787 10 3.012 -7.5

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 10: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by February 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Feb 2009 Rank Carrier Feb 2009 Enplaned Passengers Feb 2008 Rank Feb 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 7.068 1 7.745 -8.7
2 American 4.817 2 5.532 -12.9
3 Delta 4.013 3 4.457 -10.0
4 US Airways 3.330 5 3.798 -12.3
5 United 3.261 4 3.854 -15.4
6 Northwest 2.300 6 3.018 -23.8
7 Continental 2.233 7 2.714 -17.7
8 AirTran 1.609 8 1.885 -14.7
9 JetBlue 1.469 9 1.618 -9.2
10 SkyWest 1.380 10 1.509 -8.6

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 11: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by January-February 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Feb 2009 Rank Airport Jan-Feb 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Feb 2008 Rank Jan-Feb 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 5.508 1 5.724 -3.8
2 Chicago O'Hare 3.539 2 4.045 -12.5
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 3.495 3 3.855 -9.3
4 Denver 3.251 4 3.438 -5.4
5 Los Angeles 2.776 6 3.125 -11.1
6 Las Vegas 2.693 5 3.179 -15.3
7 Phoenix 2.650 7 3.007 -11.9
8 Charlotte 2.381 10 2.422 -1.7
9 Orlando 2.371 8 2.744 -13.6
10 Houston Bush 2.224 9 2.517 -11.6

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 February 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Feb 2009 Rank Airport Feb 2009 Enplaned Passengers Feb 2008 Rank Feb 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 2.659 1 2.900 -8.3
2 Chicago O'Hare 1.759 2 1.990 -11.6
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 1.711 3 1.898 -9.9
4 Denver 1.585 4 1.725 -8.1
5 Los Angeles 1.346 6 1.532 -12.2
6 Las Vegas 1.342 5 1.580 -15.1
7 Phoenix 1.282 7 1.510 -15.2
8 Charlotte 1.164 9 1.210 -3.9
9 Orlando 1.155 8 1.361 -15.1
10 Houston Bush 1.072 10 1.199 -10.6

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. Airlines

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  Monthly Previous Calendar Years
Feb 2008 Feb 2009 Change % 2007 2008 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 6.9 6.2 -10.9 14.4 13.2 -8.6
Flights (in thousands) 67.8 62.7 -7.6 140.7 131.5 -6.5
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 17.1 15.1 -12.1 36.4 33.2 -8.8
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 23.5 21.9 -6.7 48.7 46.7 -4.1
Load Factor* 72.8 68.9 -3.9 74.7 71.1 -3.6
Flight Stage Length** 1,724.1 1,743.7 1.1 1,719.6 1,757.3 2.2
Passenger Trip Length*** 2,478.4 2,444.8 -1.4 2,531.9 2,524.1 -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)

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  2007 2008 2007-2008 Pct. Change 2009 2008-2009 Pct. Change
January 7.1 7.5 4.9 7.0 -6.4
February 6.3 6.9 9.3 6.2 -10.9
March 7.9 8.5 7.2    
April 7.5 7.6 1.2    
May 7.5 8.0 6.5    
June 8.2 8.4 2.4    
July 8.9 9.1 1.3    
August 8.7 8.9 2.0    
September 6.9 6.6 -5.0    
October 7.0 6.7 -3.6    
November 6.9 6.4 -6.8    
December 7.5 7.1 -5.6    
2 Mo. Total 13.4 14.4 7.0 13.2 -8.6
Yr. Total 90.5 91.5 1.2    

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-February 2009 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Feb 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-Feb 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Feb 2008 Rank Jan-Feb 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 American 3,044.8 1 3,426.4 -11.1
2 Continental 1,750.3 2 1,853.9 -5.6
3 Delta 1,637.5 4 1,683.0 -2.7
4 United 1,526.2 3 1,828.3 -16.5
5 Northwest 1,454.0 5 1,634.4 -11.0
6 US Airways 1,028.3 6 944.7 8.9
7 JetBlue 314.4 12 178.0 76.6
8 Alaska 295.7 7 398.6 -25.8
9 ExpressJet 254.6 8 333.3 -23.6
10 Continental Micronesia 183.5 10 217.3 -15.5

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 16: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by February 2009 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Feb 2009 Rank Carrier Feb 2009 Enplaned Passengers Feb 2008 Rank Feb 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 American 1,394.9 1 1,607.6 -13.2
2 Continental 826.1 2 894.6 -7.7
3 Delta 726.6 5 786.5 -7.6
4 United 693.6 3 866.8 -20.0
5 Northwest 684.6 4 813.6 -15.9
6 US Airways 512.6 6 460.6 11.3
7 JetBlue 167.2 13 90.1 85.7
8 Alaska 142.2 7 195.6 -27.3
9 ExpressJet 124.4 8 164.7 -24.5
10 SkyWest 91.2 12 91.3 -0.1

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 17: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by January-February 2009 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines*

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Feb 2009 Rank Airport Jan-Feb 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Feb 2008 Rank Jan-Feb 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Miami 802.1 1 813.7 -1.4
2 Atlanta 578.6 2 602.2 -3.9
3 New York JFK 558.9 3 590.7 -5.4
4 Newark 525.6 4 559.2 -6.0
5 Houston Bush 488.0 5 507.2 -3.8
6 Chicago O'Hare 433.0 6 473.6 -8.6
7 Dallas/Ft. Worth 300.1 7 341.3 -12.1
8 Los Angeles 232.6 8 311.4 -25.3
9 Washington Dulles 214.2 12 218.3 -1.9
10 San Francisco 212.3 9 286.4 -25.9

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.

Table 18: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by February 2009 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines*

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Feb 2009 Rank Airport Feb 2009 Enplaned Passengers Feb 2008 Rank Feb 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Miami 371.9 1 386.3 -3.7
2 Atlanta 266.0 2 293.0 -9.2
3 New York JFK 265.3 3 288.5 -8.0
4 Newark 250.7 4 272.3 -7.9
5 Houston Bush 235.1 5 253.6 -7.3
6 Chicago O'Hare 205.7 6 227.7 -9.6
7 Dallas/Ft. Worth 144.2 7 165.2 -12.7
8 Los Angeles 109.1 8 149.4 -27.0
9 Minneapolis 107.9 11 124.6 -13.4
10 San Francisco 99.8 9 140.8 -29.1

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.