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November 2009 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Up 1.6 Percent from November 2008

November 2009 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Up 1.6 Percent from November 2008

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Dave Smallen
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in November 2009 increased by 1.6 percent from November 2008, increasing by 0.8 million to 54.9 million, the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported (Table 1). November was the second month in the last three to show an increase from 2008 but last year's numbers were already reduced from 2007. The November 2009 passenger total was 11.3 percent below November 2007 (Table 2).

BTS, a part of DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration, in a release of preliminary data, reported a record-high November passenger load factor of 78.9 percent. Airlines reduced capacity in November from a year earlier by 3.5 percent, measured by available seat-miles, contributing to the November load factor record (Table 1).

U.S. airlines carried 2.1 percent more domestic passengers than in November 2008. International passengers on U.S. carriers decreased 2.3 percent (Tables 7, 13). The domestic load factor of 79.2 percent in November 2009 was the highest ever for the month of November.

For the first 11 months of 2009, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines declined by 5.7 percent from the same period in 2008, dropping to 647.0 million, 38.9 million fewer than a year earlier, and the lowest January-to-November total since 2004 (Tables 1, 2). For historic numbers, see Traffic on the BTS website.

U.S. airlines carried 5.5 percent fewer domestic passengers and 6.8 percent fewer international passengers in the first 11 months of 2009 than during the same period in 2008 (Tables 7, 13).

Top Airlines

In November, Southwest Airlines carried more total system and more domestic passengers 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 11 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 November, 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 Miami than at any other U.S. airport (Table 18).

During the first 11 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 November, U.S. airlines operated 754,000 scheduled domestic and international flights, down 1.9 percent from the number of flights operated in November 2008 (Table 1). The number of domestic flights decreased 1.8 percent in November from a year earlier while international flights were down 2.9 percent (Tables 7, 13).

During the first 11 months of 2009, U.S. carriers operated 8.8 million domestic and international flights, 6.9 percent fewer than were operated during the same period in 2008 (Table 1). Domestic flights decreased 7.0 percent from the previous year while international flights were down 6.4 percent (Tables 7, 13).

For other comparisons from the first 11 months of 2008 to the first 11 months of 2009 and from November 2008 to November 2009, see the following tables:

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

Table 1 (October and January through November):
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 November: Top 10 airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Table 4
November: Top 10 airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

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

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

Scheduled Domestic Air Travel (Tables 7-12)

Table 7 (November and January through November):
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 November: Top 10 domestic airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

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

Airport Rankings

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

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

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

Table 13 (November and January through November):
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 November: Top 10 U.S. airlines by scheduled international passenger enplanements

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

Airport Rankings

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

Table 18
November: 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 82 carriers as of Feb. 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 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 November and international numbers through August 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 November, U.S. carriers reported 241,879 foreign point-to-point passengers. For January through November, U.S. carriers reported 2,476,799 foreign point-to-point passengers.

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

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

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  Monthly Year-to-Date
Nov 2008 Nov 2009 Change % 2008 2009 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 54.1 54.9 1.6 685.9 647.0 -5.7
Flights (in thousands) 768.8 754.5 -1.9 9,437.7 8,782.1 -6.9
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 57.7 58.2 0.9 749.7 707.1 -5.7
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 76.5 73.8 -3.5 941.5 879.5 -6.6
Load Factor* 75.4 78.9 3.5 79.6 80.4 0.8
Flight Stage Length** 710.6 707.8 -0.4 718.6 716.8 -0.2
Passenger Trip Length*** 1,067.2 1,060.6 -0.6 1,092.9 1,092.9 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 57.1 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 68.0 -2.5 63.6 -6.5
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 58.8 -1.4
November 61.9 54.1 -12.7 54.9 1.6
December 60.8 57.4 -5.7    
11 Mo. Total 708.8 685.9 -3.2 647.0 -5.7
Yr. Total 769.6 743.3 -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-November 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements

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Jan-Nov 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-Nov 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Nov 2008 Rank Jan-Nov 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 92.983 1 93.956 -1.0
2 American 78.644 2 85.494 -8.0
3 Delta 62.386 3 65.799 -5.2
4 United 51.685 4 58.413 -11.5
5 US Airways 46.966 5 50.447 -6.9
6 Continental 40.238 7 43.262 -7.0
7 Northwest 37.824 6 45.281 -16.5
8 AirTran 21.992 8 22.630 -2.8
9 JetBlue 20.421 9 19.989 2.2
10 SkyWest 19.441 10 19.224 1.1

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 November 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Nov 2009 Rank Carrier Nov 2009 Enplaned Passengers Nov 2008 Rank Nov 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 8.255 1 7.447 10.8
2 American 6.689 2 6.719 -0.4
3 Delta 5.281 3 5.555 -4.9
4 United 4.135 4 4.321 -4.3
5 US Airways 3.896 5 4.065 -4.2
6 Continental 3.356 6 3.369 -0.4
7 Northwest 2.859 7 3.324 -14.0
8 AirTran 1.932 8 1.831 5.6
9 JetBlue 1.767 9 1.655 6.8
10 SkyWest 1.677 10 1.525 10.0

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Nov 2009 Rank Airport Jan-Nov 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Nov 2008 Rank Jan-Nov 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 38.433 1 39.572 -2.9
2 Chicago O'Hare 26.687 2 29.019 -8.0
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 24.077 3 24.561 -2.0
4 Denver 21.786 4 22.052 -1.2
5 Los Angeles 19.813 5 20.885 -5.1
6 Houston Bush 16.963 7 17.785 -4.6
7 Las Vegas 16.896 6 18.399 -8.2
8 Phoenix 16.756 8 17.671 -5.2
9 Charlotte 15.671 9 15.778 -0.7
10 New York JFK 14.967 10 15.562 -3.8

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.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Nov 2009 Rank Airport Nov 2009 Enplaned Passengers Nov 2008 Rank Nov 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 3.293 1 3.394 -3.0
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.262 2 2.220 1.8
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 2.085 3 2.002 4.2
4 Denver 1.805 4 1.724 4.7
5 Los Angeles 1.710 5 1.623 5.3
6 Phoenix 1.477 8 1.427 3.5
7 Las Vegas 1.466 6 1.449 1.1
8 Houston Bush 1.459 7 1.439 1.4
9 Charlotte 1.345 9 1.342 0.3
10 San Francisco 1.290 12 1.183 9.0

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
Nov 2008 Nov 2009 Change % 2008 2009 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 47.7 48.6 2.1 601.5 568.3 -5.5
Flights (in thousands) 706.4 693.9 -1.8 8,654.7 8,049.4 -7.0
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 40.6 41.6 2.6 524.4 495.4 -5.5
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 53.4 52.5 -1.7 657.0 610.1 -7.1
Load Factor* 76.0 79.2 3.2 79.8 81.2 1.4
Flight Stage Length** 614.7 617.8 0.5 622.3 617.5 -0.8
Passenger Trip Length*** 851.5 855.7 0.5 871.9 871.7 0.0

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 55.6 -3.1 52.2 -6.1
May 59.3 58.0 -2.1 52.9 -8.8
June 61.5 59.6 -3.1 55.9 -6.2
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 52.3 -1.3
November 55.0 47.7 -13.4 48.6 2.1
December 53.3 50.2 -5.7    
11 Mo. Total 625.9 601.5 -3.9 568.3 -5.5
Yr. Total 679.2 651.7 -4.0    

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-November 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Nov 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-Nov 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Nov 2008 Rank Jan-Nov 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 92.983 1 93.956 -1.0
2 American 60.750 2 65.981 -7.9
3 Delta 51.282 3 54.454 -5.8
4 United 42.097 4 47.880 -12.1
5 US Airways 40.985 5 44.658 -8.2
6 Northwest 30.106 6 35.714 -15.7
7 Continental 29.218 7 31.792 -8.1
8 AirTran 21.855 8 22.630 -3.4
9 SkyWest 18.324 10 18.094 1.3
10 JetBlue 18.273 9 18.783 -2.7

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 November 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Nov 2009 Rank Carrier Nov 2009 Enplaned Passengers Nov 2008 Rank Nov 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 8.255 1 7.447 10.8
2 American 5.178 2 5.131 0.9
3 Delta 4.455 3 4.724 -5.7
4 US Airways 3.479 4 3.649 -4.6
5 United 3.370 5 3.551 -5.1
6 Continental 2.495 7 2.514 -0.7
7 Northwest 2.301 6 2.605 -11.7
8 AirTran 1.921 8 1.831 4.9
9 SkyWest 1.585 10 1.436 10.4
10 JetBlue 1.576 9 1.537 2.5

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Nov 2009 Rank Airport Jan-Nov 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Nov 2008 Rank Jan-Nov 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 34.860 1 35.848 -2.8
2 Chicago O'Hare 23.989 2 26.126 -8.2
3 Dallas/Ft.Worth 22.275 3 22.671 -1.7
4 Denver 21.188 4 21.368 -0.8
5 Los Angeles 18.444 5 19.155 -3.7
6 Las Vegas 16.783 6 18.265 -8.1
7 Phoenix 16.139 7 17.048 -5.3
8 Charlotte 14.697 9 14.813 -0.8
9 Houston Bush 14.126 8 14.842 -4.8
10 Orlando 13.681 10 14.745 -7.2

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Nov 2009 Rank Airport Nov 2009 Enplaned Passengers Nov 2008 Rank Nov 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 3.031 1 3.109 -2.5
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.053 2 2.003 2.5
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 1.926 3 1.846 4.3
4 Denver 1.762 4 1.675 5.2
5 Los Angeles 1.583 5 1.498 5.7
6 Las Vegas 1.459 6 1.436 1.6
7 Phoenix 1.424 7 1.375 3.6
8 Charlotte 1.271 8 1.264 0.6
9 Houston Bush 1.215 9 1.202 1.1
10 San Francisco 1.187 13 1.072 10.7

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
Nov 2008 Nov 2009 Change % 2008 2009 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 6.4 6.3 -2.3 84.5 78.7 -6.8
Flights (in thousands) 62.4 60.6 -2.9 783.0 732.7 -6.4
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 17.1 16.6 -3.0 225.3 211.7 -6.0
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 23.0 21.3 -7.6 284.5 269.5 -5.3
Load Factor* 74.3 77.9 3.6 79.2 78.6 -0.6
Flight Stage Length** 1,796.0 1,738.7 -3.2 1,783.1 1,808.2 1.4
Passenger Trip Length*** 2,673.8 2,655.5 -0.7 2,666.5 2,690.0 0.9

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 6.5 -2.8
November 6.9 6.4 -6.8 6.3 -2.3
December 7.5 7.1 -5.6    
11 Mo. Total 82.9 84.5 1.9 78.7 -6.8
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-November 2009 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Nov 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-Nov 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Nov 2008 Rank Jan-Nov 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 American 17,893.3 1 19,512.5 -8.3
2 Delta 11,103.5 3 11,345.4 -2.1
3 Continental 11,020.1 2 11,470.2 -3.9
4 United 9,588.3 4 10,532.4 -9.0
5 Northwest 7,718.4 5 9,566.8 -19.3
6 US Airways 5,981.0 6 5,788.8 3.3
7 JetBlue 2,148.6 11 1,206.1 78.1
8 ExpressJet 1,644.5 7 1,806.0 -8.9
9 Alaska 1,322.2 8 1,784.4 -25.9
10 SkyWest 1,117.5 12 1,130.0 -1.1

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 November 2009 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Nov 2009 Rank Carrier Nov 2009 Enplaned Passengers Nov 2008 Rank Nov 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 American 1,511.2 1 1,587.8 -4.8
2 Continental 860.4 2 855.6 0.6
3 Delta 825.9 3 830.7 -0.6
4 United 765.8 4 770.0 -0.5
5 Northwest 557.3 5 719.2 -22.5
6 US Airways 416.6 6 416.1 0.1
7 JetBlue 191.5 9 117.9 62.4
8 ExpressJet 145.2 8 128.2 13.3
9 Alaska 131.6 7 143.9 -8.6
10 Executive 102.2 10 93.2 9.7

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

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Nov 2009 Rank Airport Jan-Nov 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Nov 2008 Rank Jan-Nov 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Miami 4,498.1 1 4,621.4 -2.7
2 New York JFK 3,948.4 2 3,993.8 -1.1
3 Atlanta 3,573.4 3 3,724.0 -4.0
4 Newark 3,525.7 4 3,650.7 -3.4
5 Houston Bush 2,836.6 5 2,943.2 -3.6
6 Chicago O'Hare 2,697.5 6 2,892.7 -6.7
7 Dallas/Ft. Worth 1,801.7 7 1,889.9 -4.7
8 Philadelphia 1,444.9 11 1,402.7 3.0
9 Washington Dulles 1,387.9 12 1,380.9 0.5
10 Los Angeles 1,369.1 8 1,729.5 -20.8

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 November 2009 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines*

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Nov 2009 Rank Airport Nov 2009 Enplaned Passengers Nov 2008 Rank Nov 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Miami 399.5 1 411.4 -2.9
2 New York JFK 322.0 2 313.7 2.6
3 Newark 275.4 4 277.2 -0.6
4 Atlanta 261.9 3 285.7 -8.3
5 Houston Bush 244.0 5 237.0 3.0
6 Chicago O'Hare 208.3 6 217.3 -4.1
7 Dallas/Ft. Worth 159.2 7 156.1 2.0
8 Los Angeles 126.4 8 124.9 1.2
9 Washington Dulles 117.6 9 117.9 -0.2
10 San Francisco 103.5 10 111.6 -7.3

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