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September 2009 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Up 0.8 Percent from September 2008

September 2009 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Up 0.8 Percent from September 2008

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Dave Smallen
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Thursday, December 10, 2009 - The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in September 2009 increased by 0.8 percent from September 2008, growing by 0.5 million to 54.7 million, the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported (Table 1). September was the first month with an increase in passengers from the previous year since March 2008 following 17 consecutive months of decreases (Table 2).

BTS, a part of DOTs Research and Innovative Technology Administration, in a release of preliminary data, reported that U.S. airlines carried 1.2 percent more domestic passengers than in September 2008. International passengers on U.S. carriers decreased 1.7 percent (Tables 7, 13).

For the first nine months of 2009, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines declined by 6.8 percent from the same period in 2008, dropping to 533.3 million, 38.8 million fewer than a year earlier, and the lowest January-to-September total since 2004 (Tables 1, 2). For historic numbers, see Traffic.

U.S. airlines carried 6.7 percent fewer domestic passengers and 7.6 percent fewer international passengers in the first nine months of 2009 than during the same period in 2008 (Tables 7, 13).

Top Airlines

In September, Southwest Airlines carried more total system and more domestic passengers for the first nine months than any other U.S. airline (Tables 4 and 10). American Airlines carried more international passengers than any other U.S. carrier (Table 16).

During the first nine months of 2009, Southwest carried more total system and more domestic passengers than any other U.S. airline (Tables 3 and 9). American carried more international passengers than any other U.S. carrier (Table 15).

Top Airports

In September, more total system and domestic passengers boarded planes at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International than at any other U.S. airport (Tables 6 and 12); and more international passengers boarded U.S. carriers at New York JFK than at any other U.S. airport (Table 18).

During the first nine months of 2009, more total system and domestic passengers boarded planes 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

In September, U.S. airlines operated 767,800 scheduled domestic and international flights, down 2.8 percent from the number of flights operated in September 2008 (Table 1). The number of domestic flights decreased 2.8 percent in September from a year earlier while international flights were down 3.2 percent (Tables 7, 13).

During the first nine months of 2009, U.S. carriers operated 7.2 million domestic and international flights, 7.6 percent fewer than were operated during the same period in 2008 (Table 1). Domestic flights decreased 7.7 percent from the previous year while international flights were down 7.0 percent (Tables 7, 13).

For other comparisons from the first nine months of 2008 to the first nine months of 2009 and from September 2008 to September 2009, see the following tables:

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

Table 1 (September and January through September):
Revenue passenger-miles (RPMs)
Available seat-miles (ASMs)
Passenger load factor
Flight stage length
Passenger trip length

Table 2
System scheduled enplanements on U.S. Airlines by month since January 2007

Airline Rankings

Table 3
January through September: Top 10 airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Table 4
September: Top 10 airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

Table 5
January through September: Top 10 airports by scheduled passenger enplanements on U.S. airlines

Table 6
September: Top 10 airports by scheduled passenger enplanements on U.S. airlines

Scheduled Domestic Air Travel (Tables 7-12)

Table 7 (September and January through September):
Domestic revenue passenger-miles (RPMs)
Domestic available seat-miles (ASMs)
Domestic passenger load factor
Domestic flight stage length
Domestic passenger trip length

Table 8
Domestic scheduled enplanements on U.S. Airlines by month since January 2007

Airline Rankings

Table 9
January through September: Top 10 domestic airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Table 10
September: Top 10 domestic airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

Table 11
January through September: Top 10 domestic airports by scheduled passenger enplanements

Table 12
September: Top 10 domestic airports by scheduled passenger enplanements

Scheduled International Air Travel on U.S. Airlines (Tables 13-18)

Table 13 (September and January through September):
International revenue passenger-miles on U.S. airlines (RPMs)
International available seat-miles on U.S. airlines (ASMs)
International passenger load factor on U.S. airlines
International flight stage length on U.S. airlines
International passenger trip length on U.S. airlines

Table 14
International scheduled enplanements on U.S. airlines by month since January 2007

Airline Rankings

Table 15
January through September: Top 10 U.S. airlines by scheduled international passenger enplanements

Table 16
September: Top 10 U.S. airlines by scheduled international passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

Table 17
January through September: Top 10 airports by scheduled international passenger enplanements on U.S. airlines

Table 18
September: Top 10 airports by scheduled international passenger enplanements on U.S. airlines

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 85 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 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 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 223,024 foreign point-to-point passengers. For January through September, U.S. carriers reported 1,999,815 foreign point-to-point passengers.

Data are subject to revision. BTS has scheduled Jan. 14, 2010 for the release of October traffic data.

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

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  Monthly Year-to-Date
Sep 2008 Sep 2009 Change % 2008 2009 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 54.2 54.7 0.8 572.1 533.3 -6.8
Flights (in thousands) 790.0 767.8 -2.8 7,842.2 7,242.4 -7.6
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 60.3 60.5 0.4 628.0 585.5 -6.8
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 78.7 75.9 -3.6 784.1 728.6 -7.1
Load Factor* 76.6 79.7 3.1 80.1 80.4 0.3
Flight Stage Length** 707.9 707.2 -0.1 721.6 718.9 -0.4
Passenger Trip Length*** 1,111.7 1,106.8 -0.4 1,097.6 1,098.0 0.0

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 63.2 -2.6 59.5 -5.8
May 66.8 66.0 -1.1 59.7 -9.5
June 69.7 67.9 -2.5 63.6 -6.4
July 72.4 70.5 -2.7 68.1 -3.4
August 71.3 67.8 -4.9 65.0 -4.1
September 59.2 54.2 -8.4 54.7 0.8
October 64.2 59.7 -7.0    
November 61.9 54.1 -12.7    
December 60.8 57.4 -5.7    
9 Mo. Total 582.7 572.1 -1.8 533.3 -6.8
Yr. Total 769.6 743.2 -3.4    

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 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Sep 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-Sep 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sep 2008 Rank Jan-Sep 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 75.952 1 77.946 -2.6
2 American 64.829 2 71.338 -9.1
3 Delta 51.357 3 54.206 -5.3
4 United 42.885 4 48.971 -12.4
5 US Airways 38.878 5 41.990 -7.4
6 Continental 33.348 7 36.322 -8.2
7 Northwest 31.840 6 38.232 -16.7
8 AirTran 18.065 8 18.834 -4.1
9 JetBlue 16.932 9 16.737 1.2
10 SkyWest 15.866 10 15.970 -0.6

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Sep 2009 Rank Carrier Sep 2009 Enplaned Passengers Sep 2008 Rank Sep 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 7.950 1 7.353 8.1
2 American 6.515 2 6.765 -3.7
3 Delta 5.362 3 5.534 -3.1
4 United 4.422 4 4.844 -8.7
5 US Airways 3.838 5 4.101 -6.4
6 Continental 3.190 7 3.034 5.1
7 Northwest 3.015 6 3.586 -15.9
8 SkyWest 1.792 9 1.657 8.1
9 AirTran 1.787 8 1.663 7.4
10 JetBlue 1.620 10 1.439 12.6

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Sep 2009 Rank Airport Jan-Sep 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sep 2008 Rank Jan-Sep 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 31.549 1 32.470 -2.8
2 Chicago O'Hare 21.855 2 24.097 -9.3
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 19.763 3 20.322 -2.7
4 Denver 18.014 4 18.376 -2.0
5 Los Angeles 16.297 5 17.510 -6.9
6 Houston Bush 13.993 7 14.835 -5.7
7 Las Vegas 13.864 6 15.359 -9.7
8 Phoenix 13.749 8 14.719 -6.6
9 Charlotte 12.867 9 12.970 -0.8
10 New York JFK 12.408 10 12.964 -4.3

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.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Sep 2009 Rank Airport Sep 2009 Enplaned Passengers Sep 2008 Rank Sep 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 3.301 1 3.344 -1.3
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.360 2 2.488 -5.2
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 2.052 3 2.006 2.3
4 Denver 1.926 4 1.883 2.3
5 Los Angeles 1.697 5 1.644 3.2
6 Las Vegas 1.503 6 1.519 -1.0
7 Houston Bush 1.371 14 1.187 15.5
8 San Francisco 1.367 9 1.276 7.1
9 Phoenix 1.366 7 1.378 -0.9
10 Charlotte 1.313 8 1.325 -0.9

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.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

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  Monthly Year-to-Date
Sep 2008 Sep 2009 Change % 2008 2009 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 47.7 48.2 1.2 500.8 467.3 -6.7
Flights (in thousands) 728.4 708.1 -2.8 7,184.5 6,630.5 -7.7
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 41.0 41.7 1.6 438.9 409.0 -6.8
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 53.9 52.4 -2.7 547.2 503.0 -8.1
Load Factor* 76.1 79.6 3.5 80.2 81.3 1.1
Flight Stage Length** 605.3 606.9 0.3 625.3 618.0 -1.2
Passenger Trip Length*** 860.2 863.7 0.4 876.5 875.1 -0.2

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 -12.8
March 59.2 59.2 -0.1 53.5 -9.6
April 57.4 55.6 -3.1 52.2 -6.0
May 59.3 58.0 -2.1 52.9 -8.8
June 61.5 59.5 -3.2 55.9 -6.1
July 63.5 61.4 -3.2 59.5 -3.2
August 62.7 59.0 -5.9 56.6 -4.1
September 52.3 47.7 -8.8 48.2 1.2
October 57.2 53.0 -7.4    
November 55.0 47.7 -13.4    
December 53.3 50.2 -5.7    
9 Mo. Total 513.6 500.8 -2.5 467.3 -6.7
Yr. Total 679.2 651.6 -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-September 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Sep 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-Sep 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sep 2008 Rank Jan-Sep 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 75.952 1 77.946 -2.6
2 American 49.990 2 54.996 -9.1
3 Delta 42.031 3 44.611 -5.8
4 United 34.922 4 40.083 -12.9
5 US Airways 33.723 5 37.027 -8.9
6 Northwest 25.283 6 30.214 -16.3
7 Continental 24.053 7 26.574 -9.5
8 AirTran 17.949 8 18.834 -4.7
9 JetBlue 15.145 9 15.751 -3.8
10 SkyWest 14.952 10 15.035 -0.6

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Sep 2009 Rank Carrier Sep 2009 Enplaned Passengers Sep 2008 Rank Sep 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 7.950 1 7.353 8.1
2 American 5.068 2 5.242 -3.3
3 Delta 4.381 3 4.587 -4.5
4 United 3.555 4 3.974 -10.5
5 US Airways 3.393 5 3.691 -8.1
6 Northwest 2.376 6 2.735 -13.1
7 Continental 2.361 7 2.219 6.4
8 AirTran 1.779 8 1.663 7.0
9 SkyWest 1.688 9 1.555 8.6
10 JetBlue 1.447 10 1.349 7.3

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Sep 2009 Rank Airport Jan-Sep 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sep 2008 Rank Jan-Sep 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 28.517 1 29.323 -2.7
2 Chicago O'Hare 19.608 2 21.670 -9.5
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 18.284 3 18.742 -2.4
4 Denver 17.501 4 17.789 -1.6
5 Los Angeles 15.175 5 16.035 -5.4
6 Las Vegas 13.767 6 15.251 -9.7
7 Phoenix 13.235 7 14.199 -6.8
8 Charlotte 12.029 10 12.142 -0.9
9 Houston Bush 11.622 9 12.347 -5.9
10 Orlando 11.374 8 12.431 -8.5

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

Table 12: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by September 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Sep 2009 Rank Airport Sep 2009 Enplaned Passengers Sep 2008 Rank Sep 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 3.020 1 3.048 -0.9
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.125 2 2.241 -5.2
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 1.899 3 1.861 2.0
4 Denver 1.887 4 1.835 2.8
5 Los Angeles 1.584 5 1.520 4.2
6 Las Vegas 1.495 6 1.507 -0.8
7 Phoenix 1.329 7 1.339 -0.8
8 Charlotte 1.254 8 1.272 -1.5
9 San Francisco 1.236 10 1.139 8.5
10 Seattle 1.202 9 1.203 -0.2

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

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  Monthly Year-to-Date
Sep 2008 Sep 2009 Change % 2008 2009 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 6.6 6.4 -1.7 71.4 65.9 -7.6
Flights (in thousands) 61.6 59.6 -3.2 657.7 612.0 -7.0
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 19.3 18.9 -2.2 189.0 176.6 -6.6
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 24.8 23.4 -5.5 236.9 225.6 -4.8
Load Factor* 77.8 80.8 3.0 79.8 78.3 -1.5
Flight Stage Length** 1,921.0 1,898.2 -1.2 1,773.2 1,812.7 2.2
Passenger Trip Length*** 2,941.3 2,926.5 -0.5 2,649.2 2,678.5 1.1

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 1.3 7.3 -3.8
May 7.5 8.0 6.5 6.8 -14.8
June 8.2 8.4 2.5 7.7 -8.6
July 8.9 9.1 1.4 8.6 -4.8
August 8.7 8.9 2.0 8.5 -4.5
September 6.9 6.6 -5.0 6.4 -1.7
October 7.0 6.7 -3.6    
November 6.9 6.4 -6.8    
December 7.5 7.1 -5.6    
9 Mo. Total 69.1 71.4 3.3 65.9 -7.6
Yr. Total 90.5 91.6 1.3    

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 2009 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Sep 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-Sep 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sep 2008 Rank Jan-Sep 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 American 14,839.4 1 16,341.5 -9.2
2 Delta 9,326.3 3 9,594.5 -2.8
3 Continental 9,295.1 2 9,747.6 -4.6
4 United 7,963.5 4 8,888.5 -10.4
5 Northwest 6,556.4 5 8,017.1 -18.2
6 US Airways 5,154.4 6 4,963.7 3.8
7 JetBlue 1,786.7 11 986.1 81.2
8 ExpressJet 1,342.3 7 1,543.6 -13.0
9 Alaska 1,108.2 8 1,536.2 -27.9
10 SkyWest 914.1 12 934.2 -2.2

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Sep 2009 Rank Carrier Sep 2009 Enplaned Passengers Sep 2008 Rank Sep 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 American 1,447.4 1 1,522.8 -4.9
2 Delta 981.3 2 947.4 3.6
3 United 867.6 3 870.2 -0.3
4 Continental 829.1 5 815.5 1.7
5 Northwest 638.6 4 850.8 -24.9
6 US Airways 445.0 6 410.4 8.4
7 JetBlue 173.1 10 90.3 91.8
8 ExpressJet 138.9 7 115.0 20.8
9 American Eagle 108.8 14 78.9 37.8
10 SkyWest 104.0 8 102.5 1.5

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Sep 2009 Rank Airport Jan-Sep 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sep 2008 Rank Jan-Sep 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Miami 3,721.8 1 3,824.6 -2.7
2 New York JFK 3,274.0 2 3,345.4 -2.1
3 Atlanta 3,032.1 3 3,147.3 -3.7
4 Newark 2,952.9 4 3,077.9 -4.1
5 Houston Bush 2,370.1 5 2,488.5 -4.8
6 Chicago O'Hare 2,247.0 6 2,427.4 -7.4
7 Dallas/Ft. Worth 1,479.5 7 1,580.1 -6.4
8 Philadelphia 1,238.2 11 1,210.4 2.3
9 Washington Dulles 1,140.1 12 1,138.8 0.1
10 San Francisco 1,138.7 9 1,417.1 -19.6

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.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Sep 2009 Rank Airport Sep 2009 Enplaned Passengers Sep 2008 Rank Sep 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 New York JFK 361.1 2 340.8 5.9
2 Miami 347.4 1 357.2 -2.7
3 Newark 284.3 3 296.8 -4.2
4 Atlanta 281.3 4 295.9 -4.9
5 Chicago O'Hare 234.3 5 246.6 -5.0
6 Houston Bush 199.8 6 174.6 14.4
7 Dallas/Ft. Worth 153.8 7 144.7 6.3
8 Philadelphia 145.1 10 127.7 13.6
9 San Francisco 131.1 8 137.0 -4.3
10 Washington Dulles 127.1 12 119.2 6.6

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.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases