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December 2009 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Down 0.6 Percent from December 2008

December 2009 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Down 0.6 Percent from December 2008

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Thursday, March 11, 2010 - The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in December 2009 decreased by 0.6 percent from December 2008, decreasing by 0.4 million to 57.0 million, the Department of Transportations Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported (Table 1). The December 2009 passenger total was 6.2 percent below that of December 2007 (Table 2).

BTS, a part of DOTs Research and Innovative Technology Administration, in a release of preliminary data, reported that U.S. airlines carried 0.7 percent fewer domestic passengers in December 2009 than in December 2008. The number of international passengers on U.S. carriers increased 0.3 percent (Tables 7, 13). The system, domestic and international load factors in December 2009 were all the highest ever for the month of December.

For the full year 2009, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines declined by 5.3 percent from 2008, dropping to 703.9 million, 39.4 million fewer than a year earlier, and the lowest annual total since 2004 (Tables 1, 2). For historic numbers, see Traffic on the BTS website. The full-year system load factor of 80.4 percent and the domestic load factor of 81.1 were annual record highs.

For the year, U.S. airlines carried 5.2 percent fewer domestic passengers and 6.3 percent fewer international passengers in 2009 than in 2008 (Tables 7, 13).

Top Airlines

In December, 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).

Southwest Airlines carried more total system passengers in 2009 than any other U.S. airline for the third consecutive year (Table 3). Southwest also carried more domestic passengers in 2009 than any other U.S. airline for the sixth consecutive year (Table 9). American Airlines carried more international passengers in 2009 than any other U.S. carrier for the 20th consecutive year (Table 15).

Top Airports

In December, 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).

More total system and domestic passengers boarded planes in 2009 at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International than at any other U.S. airport for the 14th consecutive year (Tables 5 and 11); and more international passengers boarded U.S. carriers at Miami International than at any other U.S. airport for the 15th consecutive year (Table 17).

Flights Operated

In December, U.S. airlines operated 769,600 scheduled domestic and international flights, down 2.1 percent from the number of flights operated in December 2008 (Table 1). The number of domestic flights decreased 2.2 percent in December from a year earlier while international flights were down 0.9 percent (Tables 7, 13).

In 2009, U.S. carriers operated 9.6 million domestic and international flights, 6.6 percent fewer than were operated during 2008 (Table 1). Domestic flights decreased 6.6 percent from the previous year while international flights were down 6.0 percent (Tables 7, 13).

For other comparisons from 2008 to 2009 and from December 2008 to December 2009, see the following tables:

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

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

Table 4
December: Top 10 airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

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

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

Scheduled Domestic Air Travel (Tables 7-12)

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

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

Airport Rankings

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

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

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

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

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

Airport Rankings

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

Table 18
December: 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 March 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 December, 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 December and international numbers through September 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 December, U.S. carriers reported 259,297 foreign point-to-point passengers. For January through December, U.S. carriers reported 2,736,096 foreign point-to-point passengers.

Data are subject to revision. BTS has scheduled April 15 for the release of January traffic data.

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

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  Monthly Year-to-Date
Dec 2008 Dec 2009 Change % 2008 2009 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 57.4 57.0 -0.6 743.3 703.9 -5.3
Flights (in thousands) 786.2 769.6 -2.1 10,223.9 9,551.0 -6.6
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 62.7 62.5 -0.4 812.4 769.5 -5.3
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 79.9 77.7 -2.7 1,021.3 957.2 -6.3
Load Factor* 78.5 80.4 1.9 79.5 80.4 0.9
Flight Stage Length** 722.1 725.4 0.5 718.9 717.5 -0.2
Passenger Trip Length*** 1,092.7 1,095.1 0.2 1,092.9 1,093.1 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 54.8 1.5
December 60.8 57.4 -5.7 57.0 -0.6
Yr. Total 769.6 743.3 -3.4 703.9 -5.3

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 3: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by January-December 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements

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Jan-Dec 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-Dec 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Dec 2008 Rank Jan-Dec 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 101.338 1 101.921 -0.6
2 American 85.720 2 92.772 -7.6
3 Delta 67.745 3 71.615 -5.4
4 United 56.025 4 63.071 -11.2
5 US Airways 50.975 5 54.776 -6.9
6 Continental 43.946 7 46.919 -6.3
7 Northwest 40.865 6 48.772 -16.2
8 AirTran 23.968 8 24.574 -2.5
9 JetBlue 22.378 9 21.824 2.5
10 SkyWest 21.246 10 20.668 2.8

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 December 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Dec 2009 Rank Carrier Dec 2009 Enplaned Passengers Dec 2008 Rank Dec 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 8.355 1 7.965 4.9
2 American 7.077 2 7.278 -2.8
3 Delta 5.359 3 5.816 -7.9
4 United 4.339 4 4.658 -6.8
5 US Airways 4.009 5 4.328 -7.4
6 Continental 3.707 6 3.657 1.4
7 Northwest 3.041 7 3.491 -12.9
8 AirTran 1.976 8 1.943 1.7
9 JetBlue 1.957 9 1.835 6.6
10 SkyWest 1.805 10 1.445 25.0

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Dec 2009 Rank Airport Jan-Dec 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Dec 2008 Rank Jan-Dec 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 41.740 1 43.100 -3.2
2 Chicago O'Hare 28.979 2 31.304 -7.4
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 26.247 3 26.750 -1.9
4 Denver 23.702 4 23.906 -0.9
5 Los Angeles 21.644 5 22.647 -4.4
6 Houston Bush 18.587 7 19.390 -4.1
7 Phoenix 18.303 8 19.202 -4.7
8 Las Vegas 18.244 6 19.796 -7.8
9 Charlotte 17.065 9 17.174 -0.6
10 New York JFK 16.309 10 16.944 -3.7

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 December 2009 System* Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines**

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Dec 2009 Rank Airport Dec 2009 Enplaned Passengers Dec 2008 Rank Dec 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 3.309 1 3.528 -6.2
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.293 2 2.285 0.3
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 2.171 3 2.190 -0.9
4 Denver 1.942 4 1.854 4.7
5 Los Angeles 1.833 5 1.762 4.0
6 Houston Bush 1.624 6 1.605 1.2
7 Phoenix 1.547 7 1.531 1.1
8 Charlotte 1.394 9 1.396 -0.1
9 Las Vegas 1.347 8 1.397 -3.6
10 New York JFK 1.342 10 1.382 -2.9

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
Dec 2008 Dec 2009 Change % 2008 2009 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 50.2 49.9 -0.7 651.7 618.1 -5.2
Flights (in thousands) 718.9 702.9 -2.2 9,373.7 8,751.7 -6.6
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 43.8 43.7 -0.2 568.2 539.1 -5.1
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 55.4 54.7 -1.1 712.3 664.7 -6.7
Load Factor* 79.1 79.9 0.8 79.8 81.1 1.3
Flight Stage Length** 622.8 630.8 1.3 622.4 618.6 -0.6
Passenger Trip Length*** 872.1 876.7 0.5 871.9 872.1 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 2.0
December 53.3 50.2 -5.7 49.9 -0.7
Yr. Total 679.2 651.7 -4.0 618.1 -5.2

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 9: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by January- December 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Dec 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-Dec 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Dec 2008 Rank Jan-Dec 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 101.338 1 101.921 -0.6
2 American 66.142 2 71.539 -7.5
3 Delta 55.627 3 59.276 -6.2
4 United 45.571 4 51.661 -11.8
5 US Airways 44.515 5 48.504 -8.2
6 Northwest 32.532 6 38.449 -15.4
7 Continental 31.915 7 34.501 -7.5
8 AirTran 23.807 8 24.571 -3.1
9 SkyWest 20.026 10 19.454 2.9
10 JetBlue 20.008 9 20.479 -2.3

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Dec 2009 Rank Carrier Dec 2009 Enplaned Passengers Dec 2008 Rank Dec 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Southwest 8.355 1 7.965 4.9
2 American 5.392 2 5.558 -3.0
3 Delta 4.345 3 4.822 -9.9
4 US Airways 3.530 4 3.846 -8.2
5 United 3.474 5 3.781 -8.1
6 Continental 2.697 7 2.709 -0.5
7 Northwest 2.426 6 2.735 -11.3
8 AirTran 1.952 8 1.941 0.6
9 JetBlue 1.736 9 1.696 2.3
10 SkyWest 1.702 10 1.360 25.2

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

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Dec 2009 Rank Airport Jan-Dec 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Dec 2008 Rank Jan-Dec 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 37.823 1 39.021 -3.1
2 Chicago O'Hare 26.045 2 28.169 -7.5
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 24.269 3 24.690 -1.7
4 Denver 23.050 4 23.165 -0.5
5 Los Angeles 20.127 5 20.774 -3.1
6 Las Vegas 18.129 6 19.651 -7.7
7 Phoenix 17.618 7 18.517 -4.9
8 Charlotte 16.001 9 16.120 -0.7
9 Houston Bush 15.447 8 16.163 -4.4
10 Orlando 14.884 10 15.980 -6.9

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 December 2009 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Dec 2009 Rank Airport Dec 2009 Enplaned Passengers Dec 2008 Rank Dec 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Atlanta 2.965 1 3.173 -6.5
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.056 2 2.042 0.7
3 Dallas/Ft. Worth 1.994 3 2.019 -1.2
4 Denver 1.888 4 1.797 5.1
5 Los Angeles 1.684 5 1.619 4.0
6 Phoenix 1.478 6 1.468 0.7
7 Las Vegas 1.346 7 1.386 -2.9
8 Houston Bush 1.321 8 1.321 0.0
9 Charlotte 1.304 9 1.307 -0.2
10 San Francisco 1.219 13 1.128 8.0

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
Dec 2008 Dec 2009 Change % 2008 2009 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 7.1 7.2 0.3 91.6 85.8 -6.3
Flights (in thousands) 67.3 66.7 -0.9 850.3 799.4 -6.0
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 18.9 18.7 -0.8 244.1 230.4 -5.6
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 24.5 23.0 -6.2 309.0 292.5 -5.4
Load Factor* 77.1 81.3 4.2 79.0 78.8 -0.2
Flight Stage Length** 1,783.1 1,722.0 -3.4 1,783.1 1,801.0 1.0
Passenger Trip Length*** 2,647.2 2,618.2 -1.1 2,665.0 2,684.1 0.7

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 7.2 0.3
Yr. Total 90.5 91.6 1.3 85.8 -6.3

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- December 2009 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Dec 2009 Rank Carrier Jan-Dec 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Dec 2008 Rank Jan-Dec 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 American 19,578.0 1 21,233.2 -7.8
2 Delta 12,117.8 3 12,339.1 -1.8
3 Continental 12,030.5 2 12,417.8 -3.1
4 United 10,454.1 4 11,409.4 -8.4
5 Northwest 8,333.1 5 10,322.9 -19.3
6 US Airways 6,460.0 6 6,271.7 3.0
7 JetBlue 2,369.8 10 1,345.5 76.1
8 ExpressJet 1,800.9 7 1,944.8 -7.4
9 Alaska 1,482.8 8 1,942.4 -23.7
10 SkyWest 1,220.5 12 1,214.6 0.5

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

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Dec 2009 Rank Carrier Dec 2009 Enplaned Passengers Dec 2008 Rank Dec 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 American 1,684.7 1 1,720.7 -2.1
2 Delta 1,014.3 2 993.7 2.1
3 Continental 1,010.4 3 947.5 6.6
4 United 865.8 4 877.0 -1.3
5 Northwest 614.7 5 756.0 -18.7
6 US Airways 479.0 6 482.9 -0.8
7 JetBlue 221.2 8 139.4 58.7
8 Alaska 160.7 7 158.0 1.7
9 ExpressJet 156.3 9 138.8 12.6
10 Executive 109.7 11 97.0 13.1

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

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Dec 2009 Rank Airport Jan-Dec 2009 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Dec 2008 Rank Jan-Dec 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Miami 4,959.8 1 5,078.7 -2.3
2 New York JFK 4,322.9 2 4,355.2 -0.7
3 Atlanta 3,917.3 3 4,078.9 -4.0
4 Newark 3,846.9 4 3,949.6 -2.6
5 Houston Bush 3,140.2 5 3,227.3 -2.7
6 Chicago O'Hare 2,933.7 6 3,135.2 -6.4
7 Dallas/Ft. Worth 1,978.1 7 2,060.4 -4.0
8 Philadelphia 1,550.7 12 1,504.7 3.1
9 Washington Dulles 1,518.9 11 1,508.6 0.7
10 Los Angeles 1,517.3 8 1,872.3 -19.0

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

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Dec 2009 Rank Airport Dec 2009 Enplaned Passengers Dec 2008 Rank Dec 2008 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2008-2009
1 Miami 461.7 1 457.3 0.9
2 New York JFK 374.4 2 361.4 3.6
3 Atlanta 343.8 3 354.8 -3.1
4 Newark 321.3 4 298.9 7.5
5 Houston Bush 303.6 5 284.1 6.9
6 Chicago O'Hare 236.2 6 242.5 -2.6
7 Dallas/Ft. Worth 176.4 7 170.5 3.5
8 Los Angeles 148.2 8 142.8 3.8
9 Washington Dulles 131.0 10 127.6 2.7
10 San Francisco 120.0 9 128.4 -6.5

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