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May 2009 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Down from May 2008

May 2009 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Down from May 2008

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Dave Smallen
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Thursday, August 13, 2009 - The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in May 2009 declined by 9.3 percent from May 2008, dropping by 6.2 million to 59.7 million, the Department of Transportations Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported (Table 1). May was the 14th consecutive month with a decrease in passengers from the prior year.

BTS, a part of DOTs Research and Innovative Technology Administration, in a release of preliminary data, reported that U.S. airlines carried 8.6 percent fewer domestic passengers than in May 2008. International passengers on U.S. carriers decreased 14.8 percent, the biggest percentage decrease from the same month of the previous year since December 2001 (Tables 7, 13).

For the first five months of 2009, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines declined by 9.5 percent from the same period in 2008, dropping to 281.9 million, 29.5 million fewer than a year earlier, and the lowest January-to-May total since 2004 (Tables 1, 2).

U.S. airlines carried 9.4 percent fewer domestic passengers and 9.8 percent fewer international passengers in the first five months of 2009 than during the same period in 2008 (Tables 8, 14). 

Top Airlines

Southwest Airlines carried more total system and more domestic passengers for the first five 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 five 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 3.9 million domestic and international flights in the first five months of 2009, 9.3 percent fewer than were operated during the same period in 2008 (Table 1). Domestic flights decreased 9.5 percent from the previous year while international flights were down 7.1 percent (Tables 7, 13).

In May, U.S. airlines operated 812,700 scheduled domestic and international flights, down 8.6 percent from the number of flights operated in May 2008 (Table 1). The number of domestic flights decreased 8.5 percent in May from a year earlier while international flights were down 10.5 percent (Tables 7, 13).

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

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

Revenue passenger-miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were down 9.6 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, RPMs were down 9.4 percent.

Available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were down 8.3 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, ASMs were down 7.9 percent.

Passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was down 1.1 load factor point at 77.3 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, the load factor fell 1.2 load factor points to 79.7 percent.

Flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was down 0.2 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, flight stage length was up 0.4 percent.

Passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was down 0.2 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, passenger trip length was unchanged.

Among U.S. airlines, Southwest carried 40.6 million passengers on its system in the first five months of 2009, the most of any airline (Table 3). In May, Southwest carried 8.7 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 five months of 2009, with 16.6 million domestic and international passenger boardings on U. S. carriers (Table 5). In May, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest U.S. airport with 3.6 million domestic and international passenger boardings on U. S. carriers (Table 6).

Domestic Air Travel (Tables 7-12)

U.S. airlines carried 247.2 million scheduled domestic passengers during the first five months of 2009, down 9.4 percent from the 273.0 million carried during the same period in 2008 (Table 7). The passengers were carried on 3.6 million flights, down 9.5 percent from the number of flights operated in 2008 (Table 7).

In the most recent data month, May, the airlines carried 52.9 million scheduled domestic passengers, down 8.6 percent from the number of passengers carried during May 2008 (Table 8). The passengers were carried on 747,000 flights, down 8.5 percent from the 816,000 flights operated in May 2008 (Table 7).

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

Domestic revenue passenger-miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were down 9.7 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, domestic RPMs were down 8.4 percent.

Domestic available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were down 9.8 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, domestic ASMs were down 8.4 percent.

Domestic passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was up 0.1 load factor points at 78.7 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, domestic load factor was unchanged at 81.4 percent.

Domestic flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was down 1.3 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, domestic flight stage length was down 1.0 percent.

Domestic passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was down 0.3 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, domestic passenger trip length was up 0.2 percent.

Southwest carried 40.6 million domestic passengers in the first five months of 2009, the most of any airline (Table 9). In May, Southwest carried 8.7 million domestic passengers, the most of any airline (Table 10).

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest domestic airport in the first five months of 2009, with 15.0 million domestic passenger boardings (Table 11). In May, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest domestic airport with 3.3 million domestic passenger boardings (Table 12).

International Air Travel (Tables 13-18)

U.S. airlines carried 34.7 million scheduled international passengers during the first five months of 2009, down 9.8 percent from the 38.5 million carried during the same period in 2008 (Table 14). The passengers were carried on 337,900 flights, down 7.1 percent from the 363,600 flights operated in 2008 (Table 13).

In the most recent data month, May, the airlines carried 6.8 million scheduled international passengers, down 14.8 percent from the number of passengers carried during May 2008. The passengers were carried on 65,700 flights, down 10.5 percent from the 73,500 flights operated in May 2008 (Table 13).

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

International revenue passenger-miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were down 9.4 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, international RPMs were down 11.6 percent.

International available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were down 4.8 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, international ASMs were down 6.8 percent.

International passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was down 3.8 load factor points to 74.1 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, international load factor was down 4.2 load factor points to 75.7 percent.

International flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was up 2.4 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, international flight stage length was up 3.6 percent.

International passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was up 0.4 percent in the first five months of 2009. In May, international passenger trip length was up 3.7 percent.

American carried 7.9 million international passengers in the first five months of 2009, the most of any U.S. airline (Table 15). In May, 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 five months of 2009, with 2.0 million international passenger boardings (Table 17). In May, Miami was the busiest U.S. airport for international travel on U.S. carriers with 394,400 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 84 carriers as of Aug 4 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 May, 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 May and international numbers through February 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 May, U.S. carriers reported 199,690 foreign point-to-point passengers. For January through May, U.S. carriers reported 1,071,552 foreign point-to-point passengers.

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

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

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  Monthly Year-to-Date
May 2008 May 2009 Change % 2008 2009 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 65.9 59.7 -9.3 311.4 281.9 -9.5
Flights (in thousands) 889.5 812.7 -8.6 4,330.8 3,927.0 -9.3
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 71.7 65.0 -9.4 337.1 304.6 -9.6
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 88.6 81.6 -7.9 430.0 394.1 -8.3
Load Factor* 80.9 79.7 -1.2 78.4 77.3 -1.1
Flight Stage Length** 718.7 716.0 -0.4 719.8 718.5 -0.2
Passenger Trip Length*** 1,088.4 1,088.3 0.0 1,082.5 1,080.7 -0.2

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 1.0 51.8 -10.2
February 54.1 57.0 5.5 49.8 -12.6
March 67.2 67.7 0.8 61.0 -10.0
April 64.9 63.1 -2.8 59.5 -5.6
May 66.8 65.9 -1.3 59.7 -9.3
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 -7.0    
November 61.9 54.1 -12.7    
December 60.8 57.4 -5.7    
5 Mo. Total 310.1 311.4 0.4 281.9 -9.5
Yr. Total 769.6 742.6 -3.5    

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-May 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-May 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-May 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-May 2008 Rank Jan-May 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 40.550 1 42.808 -5.3
2 American 34.799 2 38.919 -10.6
3 Delta 26.970 3 28.875 -6.6
4 United 22.557 4 26.318 -14.3
5 US Airways 21.332 5 23.069 -7.5
6 Continental 17.665 7 19.971 -11.5
7 Northwest 16.762 6 21.012 -20.2
8 AirTran 9.326 8 9.899 -5.8
9 JetBlue 9.038 9 9.223 -2.0
10 SkyWest 8.159 10 8.625 -5.4

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 May 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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May 2009 Rank Carrier May 2009 Enplaned Passengers May 2008 Rank May 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 8.686 1 9.305 -6.7
2 American 7.224 2 8.323 -13.2
3 Delta 5.662 3 5.937 -4.6
4 United 4.743 4 5.657 -16.2
5 US Airways 4.414 5 4.787 -7.8
6 Continental 3.684 7 4.177 -11.8
7 Northwest 3.493 6 4.463 -21.7
8 AirTran 2.001 8 2.201 -9.1
9 JetBlue 1.824 10 1.795 1.6
10 SkyWest 1.757 9 1.805 -2.6

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-May 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines**

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-May 2009 Rank Airport Jan-May 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-May 2008 Rank Jan-May 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 16.602 1 17.309 -4.1
2 Chicago O'Hare 11.401 2 12.863 -11.4
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 10.411 3 10.929 -4.7
4 Denver 9.240 4 9.687 -4.6
5 Los Angeles 8.400 5 9.244 -9.1
6 Phoenix 7.683 7 8.400 -8.5
7 Las Vegas 7.589 6 8.574 -11.5
8 Houston Bush 7.405 8 8.278 -10.6
9 Charlotte 6.994 11 7.048 -0.8
10 Orlando 6.528 9 7.351 -11.2

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.

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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May 2009 Rank Airport May 2009 Enplaned Passengers May 2008 Rank May 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 3.597 1 3.673 -2.1
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.497 2 2.872 -13.0
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 2.218 3 2.357 -5.9
4 Denver 1.967 4 2.086 -5.7
5 Los Angeles 1.804 5 1.960 -7.9
6 Las Vegas 1.605 6 1.785 -10.1
7 Phoenix 1.566 8 1.711 -8.5
8 Houston Bush 1.532 7 1.741 -12.0
9 Charlotte 1.496 9 1.522 -1.7
10 New York JFK 1.401 11 1.472 -4.8

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
May 2008 May 2009 Change % 2008 2008 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 57.9 52.9 -8.6 273.0 247.2 -9.4
Flights (in thousands) 816.0 747.0 -8.5 3,967.3 3,589.1 -9.5
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 50.2 46.0 -8.4 238.0 214.8 -9.7
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 61.7 56.5 -8.4 302.8 273.0 -9.8
Load Factor* 81.4 81.4 0.0 78.6 78.7 0.1
Flight Stage Length** 622.4 616.1 -1.0 627.1 619.3 -1.3
Passenger Trip Length*** 866.6 868.5 0.2 871.9 869.2 -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. 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 50.1 4.9 43.7 -12.9
March 59.2 59.2 -0.1 53.5 -9.6
April 57.4 55.5 -3.3 52.2 -5.9
May 59.3 57.9 -2.3 52.9 -8.6
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    
5 Mo. Total 273.7 273.0 -0.3 247.2 -9.4
Yr. Total 679.2 651.0 -4.1    

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-May 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-May 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-May 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-May 2008 Rank Jan-May 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 40.550 1 42.808 -5.3
2 American 26.910 2 30.060 -10.5
3 Delta 22.464 3 24.106 -6.8
4 US Airways 18.502 5 20.392 -9.3
5 United 18.464 4 21.487 -14.1
6 Northwest 13.128 6 16.653 -21.2
7 Continental 12.827 7 14.838 -13.6
8 AirTran 9.264 8 9.899 -6.4
9 JetBlue 8.147 9 8.732 -6.6
10 SkyWest 7.696 10 8.138 -5.4

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 May 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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May 2009 Rank Carrier May 2009 Enplaned Passengers May 2008 Rank May 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 8.686 1 9.305 -6.7
2 American 5.659 2 6.492 -12.8
3 Delta 4.695 3 4.881 -3.8
4 United 3.906 4 4.651 -16.0
5 US Airways 3.860 5 4.204 -8.2
6 Northwest 2.813 6 3.574 -21.3
7 Continental 2.727 7 3.086 -11.6
8 AirTran 1.993 8 2.201 -9.5
9 SkyWest 1.665 9 1.701 -2.1
10 JetBlue 1.646 10 1.697 -3.0

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-May 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-May 2009 Rank Airport Jan-May 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-May 2008 Rank Jan-May 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 15.030 1 15.657 -4.0
2 Chicago O'Hare 10.202 2 11.542 -11.6
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 9.638 3 10.061 -4.2
4 Denver 8.940 4 9.339 -4.3
5 Los Angeles 7.806 6 8.430 -7.4
6 Las Vegas 7.525 5 8.511 -11.6
7 Phoenix 7.358 7 8.087 -9.0
8 Charlotte 6.503 10 6.566 -1.0
9 Orlando 6.467 8 7.305 -11.5
10 Houston Bush 6.166 9 6.919 -10.9

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 May 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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May 2009 Rank Airport May 2009 Enplaned Passengers May 2008 Rank May 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 3.256 1 3.310 -1.6
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.236 2 2.580 -13.3
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 2.069 3 2.170 -4.7
4 Denver 1.918 4 2.012 -4.7
5 Los Angeles 1.696 5 1.793 -5.4
6 Las Vegas 1.593 6 1.774 -10.2
7 Phoenix 1.519 7 1.649 -7.8
8 Charlotte 1.396 10 1.422 -1.8
9 Houston Bush 1.316 8 1.458 -9.7
10 Orlando 1.281 9 1.435 -10.7

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
May 2008 May 2009 Change % 2007 2008 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 8.0 6.8 -14.8 38.5 34.7 -9.8
Flights (in thousands) 73.5 65.7 -10.5 363.6 337.9 -7.1
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 21.5 19.0 -11.6 99.1 89.8 -9.4
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 26.9 25.1 -6.8 127.2 121.1 -4.8
Load Factor* 79.9 75.7 -4.2 77.9 74.1 -3.8
Flight Stage Length** 1,788.4 1,851.9 3.6 1,731.6 1,772.3 2.4
Passenger Trip Length*** 2,699.4 2,800.5 3.7 2,577.0 2,588.4 0.4

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 9.6 6.2 -11.1
March 7.9 8.5 7.4 7.4 -12.5
April 7.5 7.6 1.2 7.3 -3.7
May 7.5 8.0 6.5 6.8 -14.8
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    
5 Mo. Total 36.3 38.5 5.8 34.7 -9.8
Yr. Total 90.5 91.6 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-May 2009 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-May 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-May 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-May 2008 Rank Jan-May 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 American 7,888.9 1 8,859.6 -11.0
2 Continental 4,838.6 2 5,132.5 -5.7
3 Delta 4,506.0 4 4,768.8 -5.5
4 United 4,092.3 3 4,831.0 -15.3
5 Northwest 3,633.6 5 4,358.7 -16.6
6 US Airways 2,829.9 6 2,677.4 5.7
7 JetBlue 890.7 11 501.7 77.5
8 Alaska 718.4 7 999.6 -28.1
9 ExpressJet 667.1 8 882.2 -24.4
10 SkyWest 462.9 13 486.8 -4.9

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 May 2009 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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May 2009 Rank Carrier May 2009 Enplaned Passengers May 2008 Rank May 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 American 1,565.1 1 1,831.2 -14.5
2 Delta 966.8 3 1,056.1 -8.5
3 Continental 956.4 2 1,091.3 -12.4
4 United 837.3 4 1,006.0 -16.8
5 Northwest 680.0 5 889.1 -23.5
6 US Airways 553.9 6 583.3 -5.0
7 JetBlue 178.2 12 98.1 81.6
8 ExpressJet 114.2 7 173.1 -34.0
9 Alaska 104.8 8 171.3 -38.8
10 Executive 99.4 9 142.4 -30.2

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-May 2009 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines*

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-May 2009 Rank Airport Jan-May 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-May 2008 Rank Jan-May 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Miami 2,008.2 1 2,062.4 -2.6
2 New York JFK 1,584.4 2 1,695.4 -6.6
3 Atlanta 1,572.6 3 1,651.4 -4.8
4 Newark 1,539.2 4 1,606.2 -4.2
5 Houston Bush 1,239.0 5 1,359.4 -8.9
6 Chicago O'Hare 1,198.6 6 1,320.6 -9.2
7 Dallas/Ft. Worth 772.8 7 868.2 -11.0
8 Los Angeles 593.8 8 813.4 -27.0
9 Washington Dulles 589.6 11 615.5 -4.2
10 Philadelphia 588.2 12 596.5 -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.

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

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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May 2009 Rank Airport May 2009 Enplaned Passengers May 2008 Rank May 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Miami 394.4 1 424.9 -7.2
2 New York JFK 359.9 2 388.7 -7.4
3 Atlanta 341.1 4 363.0 -6.0
4 Newark 336.7 3 366.6 -8.2
5 Chicago O'Hare 260.9 5 292.3 -10.7
6 Houston Bush 216.2 6 282.5 -23.5
7 Dallas/Ft. Worth 149.7 7 186.8 -19.9
8 Philadelphia 139.7 10 151.2 -7.6
9 Washington Dulles 129.1 12 135.3 -4.6
10 San Francisco 124.9 8 170.4 -26.7

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.