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February 2012 Airline System Traffic Up 6.1 Percent from February 2011

February 2012 Airline System Traffic Up 6.1 Percent from February 2011

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Transportations Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that U.S. airlines carried 53.1 million scheduled domestic and international passengers in February 2012, 6.4 percent more domestic passengers and 4.4 percent more international passengers than in February 2011. These changes resulted in a systemwide increase of 6.1 percent in passengers from February 2011 (Tables 1, 7, 13). The February 2012 passenger total was 9.0 percent above that of two years ago in February 2010 (Table 2). Both periods benefited from the addition of an extra travel day in February 2012.

BTS, a part of DOTs Research and Innovative Technology Administration, also reported in a release of preliminary data that the system load factor of 76.7 percent and the domestic load factor of 78.9 percent were record highs for the month of February (Tables 1, 7).

Passengers on All U.S. Scheduled Airlines (Domestic & International), March 2007-February 2012

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Passenger Load Factor on All U.S. Scheduled Airlines (Domestic and International), March 2007-February 2012

U.S. airlines carried 107.6 million total system passengers during the first two months of 2012, up 3.7 percent from the same period in 2011 (Table 2). Domestically, they carried 93.5 million passengers, up 3.9 percent from 2011 (Table 8). Internationally, they carried 14.1 million passengers, up 1.9 percent from 2011 (Table 14). See Tables 2, 8 and 14 of Air Traffic Press Releases for previous year numbers.

Additional traffic numbers can be found on the BTS website in the Airlines and Airports box. Click on a link in the column on the right. For more historic numbers, see Traffic on the BTS website.

Load Factor and Capacity

The first two months of 2012 continued the trend of 2011 when the system and domestic load factors were at an all-time high while the international load factor declined from the all-time high in 2010 (Tables 1, 7, 13). Domestic capacity, measured by available seat-miles, increased 4.4 percent in February 2012 compared to February 2011, while revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased by 5.7 percent, resulting in the record domestic load factor (Table 7). The international load factor in February increased as airlines grew capacity by 1.4 percent while RPMs gained by a larger 1.9 percent (Table 13). Systemwide capacity was up 1.6 percent compared to a 2.9 percent increase in RPMs (Table 1). See Tables 1, 7 and 13 of Air Traffic Press Releases for previous year numbers.

Top Airlines

Monthly: In January, Southwest Airlines carried more total system and domestic passengers than any other U.S. airline (Tables 3, 9). United Airlines, following its merger with Continental Airlines, carried the most international passengers (Table 16). The top 10 US airlines carried 79.8 percent of systemwide passengers, an increase from the 71.3 percent in February 2011.

Year-to-date: During the first two months of 2012, Southwest carried more total system and domestic passengers than any other U.S. airline (Tables 3, 9, 15). United, following its merger with Continental Airlines, carried the most international passengers (Table 15). The top 10 US airlines carried 79.7 percent of systemwide passengers, an increase from the 71.8 percent during the first two months of 2011.

United and Continental now report jointly as United.  Numbers reported as United in this release for previous years do not include Continentals numbers.  See the notes for system, domestic and international airline ranking tables 3, 4, 9, 10, 15 and 16 for 2011 passenger numbers previously reported for Continental.

ExpressJet Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines now report jointly as ExpressJet. Numbers reported as ExpressJet in this release for previous years do not include Atlantic Southeasts numbers.  See the notes for system, domestic and international airline ranking tables 3, 4, 9, 10, 15 and 16 for 2011 passenger numbers previously reported for Atlantic Southeast.

Top Airports

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

Year-to-date: During the first two months of 2012, more total system and domestic passengers boarded planes at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson than at any other U.S. airport (Tables 5 and 11); and more international passengers boarded U.S. carriers at Miami than at any other U.S. airport (Table 17).

For other year-to-date and monthly comparisons, see the following tables:

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

Table 1 (February and January through February 2011 and 2012):
Passengers
Flights
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 2010

Airline Rankings

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

Table 4
February: Top 10 airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

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

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

Scheduled Domestic Air Travel (Tables 7-12)

Table 7 (February and January through February):
Domestic passengers
Domestic flights
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 2010

Airline Rankings

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

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

Airport Rankings

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

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

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

Table 13 (February and January through February):
International passengers
International flights
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 2010

Airline Rankings

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

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

Airport Rankings

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

Table 18
February: 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 80 carriers as of May 10 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/.

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 February, click on Air Carrier Summary Data (Form 41 and 298C Summary Data), and then click on Schedule T-1. Use crosstabs to find scheduled service.

For domestic numbers through February and international numbers through November by origin as well as by carrier, after clicking on Aviation, click on Air Carrier Statistics (Form 41 Traffic). Click on T-100 Market for system passenger numbers, T-100 Domestic Market for domestic or T-100 International Market for international. For flights, stage length and trip length, use the appropriate T-100 Segment database. Use crosstabs to find scheduled service.

TranStats system and international totals do not include U.S. carriers foreign point-to-point flights. For February, U.S. carriers reported 182,763 foreign point-to-point passengers. For January through February, U.S. carriers reported 388,451 foreign point-to-point passengers.

Data are subject to revision. BTS has scheduled June 21 for the release of March 2012 traffic data.

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

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  Monthly Year-to-date
Feb 2011 Feb 2012 Change % 2011 2012 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 50.1 53.1 6.1 103.8 107.6 3.7
Flights (in thousands) 688.8 713.4 3.6 1,440.2 1,457.6 1.2
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 54.5 57.5 5.5 115.2 118.5 2.9
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 71.9 75.0 4.4 151.2 153.7 1.6
Load Factor* 75.8 76.7 0.9 76.2 77.1 0.9
Flight Stage Length** 739.9 746.7 0.9 742.8 748.5 0.8
Passenger Trip Length*** 1,088.2 1,081.6 -0.6 1,110.3 1,102.0 -0.7

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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  2010 2011 2010-2011 Pct. Change 2012 2011-2012 Pct. Change
January 52.6 53.7 2.2 54.4 1.4
February 48.7 50.1 2.9 53.1 6.1
March 62.2 63.6 2.2    
April 59.6 60.5 1.5    
May 61.5 63.9 3.9    
June 65.0 66.2 1.9    
July 68.4 69.9 2.2    
August 66.3 66.3 0.1    
September 57.4 58.1 1.2    
October 62.1 61.2 -1.5    
November 58.2 58.3 0.2    
December 58.6 59.1 0.8    
2 Mo. Total 101.2 103.8 2.5 107.6 3.7
Yr. Total 720.5 730.8 1.4    

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-February 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Feb 2012 Rank Carrier Jan-Feb 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Feb 2011 Rank Jan-Feb 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Southwest 16.220 1 15.910 2.0
2 Delta 15.939 2 15.530 2.6
3 United** 13.619 5 7.407 N/A
4 American 13.186 3 12.686 3.9
5 US Airways 8.439 4 7.811 8.0
6 ExpressJet*** 4.545 12 1.960 N/A
7 JetBlue 4.284 7 3.730 14.8
8 SkyWest 3.704 8 3.566 3.9
9 AirTran 3.200 9 3.318 -3.6
10 Alaska 2.689 10 2.561 5.0

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

** United's 2012 number is the report of the merged United and Continental. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by United and Continental. Continental reported 6.543 million system passengers in January-February 2011.

*** ExpressJets 2012 number is the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. Atlantic Southeast reported 1.960 million system passengers in January-February 2011.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 4: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by February 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Feb 2012 Rank Carrier Feb 2012 Enplaned Passengers Feb 2011 Rank Feb 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Southwest 8.050 1 7.602 5.9
2 Delta 7.855 2 7.575 3.7
3 United** 6.659 5 3.534 N/A
4 American 6.415 3 5.980 7.3
5 US Airways 4.147 4 3.783 9.6
6 ExpressJet*** 2.315 13 0.975 N/A
7 JetBlue 2.121 7 1.817 16.7
8 SkyWest 1.839 8 1.726 6.5
9 AirTran 1.597 9 1.639 -2.6
10 American Eagle 1.353 11 1.090 24.1

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

* System equals domestic plus international

** United's 2012 number is the report of the merged United and Continental. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by United and Continental. Continental reported 3.090 million system passengers in February 2011.

*** ExpressJet's 2012 number is the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. Atlantic Southeast reported .975 million system passengers in February 2011.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 5: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by January-February 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines**

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Feb 2012 Rank Airport Jan-Feb 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Feb 2011 Rank Jan-Feb 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 6.373 1 5.931 7.4
2 Chicago O'Hare 4.179 2 3.916 6.7
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 4.029 3 3.853 4.6
4 Denver 3.671 4 3.624 1.3
5 Los Angeles 3.635 5 3.367 8.0
6 Phoenix 3.009 6 2.959 1.7
7 Charlotte 3.005 7 2.782 8.0
8 Las Vegas 2.791 8 2.723 2.5
9 Houston Bush 2.729 9 2.677 2.0
10 San Francisco 2.575 12 2.317 11.1

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 February 2012 System* Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines**

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Feb 2012 Rank Airport Feb 2012 Enplaned Passengers Feb 2011 Rank Feb 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 3.179 1 2.951 7.7
2 Chicago O'Hare 2.100 2 1.906 10.2
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 1.995 3 1.829 9.0
4 Denver 1.798 4 1.759 2.3
5 Los Angeles 1.767 5 1.610 9.7
6 Phoenix 1.485 6 1.414 5.0
7 Charlotte 1.484 7 1.368 8.5
8 Las Vegas 1.362 8 1.287 5.9
9 Houston Bush 1.328 9 1.247 6.5
10 San Francisco 1.266 11 1.121 12.9

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
Feb 2011 Feb 2012 Change % 2011 2012 Change %
Passengers (in millions) 43.7 46.4 6.4 90.0 93.5 3.9
Flights (in thousands) 625.5 647.0 3.4 1,306.7 1,321.5 1.1
Revenue Passenger Miles (in billions) 38.3 40.5 5.7 79.5 82.1 3.4
Available Seat-Miles (in billions) 49.1 51.3 4.4 102.9 104.7 1.7
Load Factor* 78.0 78.9 0.9 77.3 78.4 1.1
Flight Stage Length** 633.1 638.7 0.9 634.5 639.6 0.8
Passenger Trip Length*** 876.9 871.4 -0.6 883.4 878.4 -0.6

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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  2010 2011 2010-2011 Pct. Change 2012 2011-2012 Pct. Change
January 45.5 46.3 1.8 47.1 1.7
February 42.4 43.7 2.9 46.4 6.4
March 54.4 55.6 2.3    
April 52.5 52.9 0.7    
May 53.8 56.0 4.0    
June 56.7 57.8 1.9    
July 59.1 60.3 2.0    
August 57.4 57.4 0.1    
September 50.3 51.0 1.3    
October 54.8 54.1 -1.3    
November 51.4 51.6 0.4    
December 51.1 51.5 0.9    
2 Mo. Total 87.9 90.0 2.3 93.5 3.9
Yr. Total 629.5 638.2 1.4    

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 9: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by January-February 2012 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Feb 2012 Rank Carrier Jan-Feb 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Feb 2011 Rank Jan-Feb 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Southwest 16.220 1 15.910 2.0
2 Delta 13.007 2 12.545 3.7
3 United* 9.903 5 5.822 N/A
4 American Eagle 9.865 3 9.512 3.7
5 US Airways 7.473 4 6.824 9.5
6 ExpressJet** 4.161 12 1.920 N/A
7 JetBlue 3.695 8 3.264 13.2
8 SkyWest 3.517 7 3.320 5.9
9 AirTran 3.024 9 3.227 -6.3
10 American Eagle 2.492 11 2.157 15.5

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

* Uniteds 2012 number is the report of the merged United and Continental. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by United and Continental. Continental reported 4.378 million domestic passengers in January-February 2011.

** ExpressJet's 2012 number is the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. Atlantic Southeast reported 1.920 million domestic passengers in January-February 2011.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 10: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by February 2012 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Feb 2012 Rank Carrier Feb 2012 Enplaned Passengers Feb 2011 Rank Feb 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Southwest 8.050 1 7.602 5.9
2 Delta 6.462 2 6.191 4.4
3 United* 4.919 5 2.810 N/A
4 American 4.868 3 4.528 7.5
5 US Airways 3.682 4 3.323 10.8
6 ExpressJet** 2.122 12 0.955 N/A
7 JetBlue 1.831 8 1.597 14.7
8 SkyWest 1.746 7 1.603 8.9
9 AirTran 1.507 9 1.593 -5.4
10 American Eagle 1.263 11 1.017 24.2

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

* United's 2012 number is the report of the merged United and Continental. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by United and Continental. Continental reported 2.104 million domestic passengers in February 2011.

** ExpressJet's 2012 number is the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. Atlantic Southeast reported .955 million domestic passengers in February 2011.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 11: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by January-February 2012 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Jan-Feb 2012 Rank Airport Jan-Feb 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Feb 2011 Rank Jan-Feb 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 5.775 1 5.344 8.1
2 Chicago O'Hare 3.783 4 3.487 8.5
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 3.685 2 3.520 4.7
4 Denver 3.570 3 3.509 1.7
5 Los Angeles 3.333 5 3.084 8.1
6 Phoenix 2.874 6 2.824 1.8
7 Charlotte 2.817 8 2.590 8.7
8 Las Vegas 2.788 7 2.720 2.5
9 Orlando 2.469 9 2.455 0.6
10 San Francisco 2.332 11 2.090 11.6

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 12: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by February 2012 Domestic Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in millions (000,000)

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Feb 2012 Rank Airport Feb 2012 Enplaned Passengers Feb 2011 Rank Feb 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Atlanta 2.889 1 2.666 8.3
2 Chicago O'Hare 1.913 2 1.711 11.8
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 1.830 4 1.675 9.2
4 Denver 1.746 3 1.701 2.7
5 Los Angeles 1.621 5 1.475 9.9
6 Phoenix 1.419 6 1.350 5.1
7 Charlotte 1.390 8 1.276 8.9
8 Las Vegas 1.361 7 1.285 5.9
9 Orlando 1.221 9 1.177 3.8
10 San Francisco 1.148 10 1.013 13.4

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
Feb 2011 Feb 2012 Change % 2011 2012 Change %
Passengers (millions) 6.4 6.7 4.4 13.8 14.1 1.9
Flights (thousands) 63.3 66.4 5.0 133.5 136.1 1.9
Revenue Passenger Miles (billions) 16.2 17.0 4.9 35.7 36.4 1.9
Available Seat-Miles (billions) 22.8 23.8 4.3 48.3 49.0 1.4
Load Factor* 71.1 71.4 0.3 73.9 74.3 0.4
Flight Stage Length** 1,795.1 1,799.0 0.2 1,801.7 1,805.8 0.2
Passenger Trip Length*** 2,524.4 2,537.5 0.5 2,588.8 2,589.0 0.0

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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  2010 2011 2010-2011 Pct. Change 2012 2011-2012 Pct. Change
January 7.0 7.4 4.8 7.4 -0.3
February 6.2 6.4 2.9 6.7 4.4
March 7.8 7.9 1.7    
April 7.2 7.7 7.1    
May 7.6 7.9 3.2    
June 8.3 8.5 1.7    
July 9.3 9.6 3.3    
August 8.9 8.9 0.1    
September 7.0 7.1 0.6    
October 7.3 7.1 -3.0    
November 6.7 6.6 -1.9    
December 7.5 7.5 0.4    
2 Mo. Total 13.3 13.8 3.9 14.1 1.9
Yr. Total 91.0 92.5 1.7    

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

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding

Table 15: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by January-February 2012 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Feb 2012 Rank Carrier Jan-Feb 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Feb 2011 Rank Jan-Feb 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 United* 3,715.3 4 1,584.5 N/A
2 American 3,320.6 1 3,173.6 4.6
3 Delta 2,932.7 2 2,984.9 -1.7
4 US Airways 965.9 5 986.9 -2.1
5 JetBlue 589.4 6 466.7 26.3
6 ExpressJet** 384.3 25 40.3 N/A
7 Alaska 319.9 7 306.6 4.3
8 Spirit 200.2 9 210.8 -5.0
9 SkyWest 186.7 8 246.6 -24.3
10 American Eagle 182.9 11 158.9 15.1

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

* United's 2012 number is the report of the merged United and Continental. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by United and Continental. Continental reported 2,165.1 thousand international passengers in January-February 2011.

** ExpressJet's 2012 number is the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. Atlantic Southeast reported 40.3 thousand international passengers in January-February 2011.

Table 16: Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by February 2012 International Scheduled Enplanements

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Feb 2012 Rank Carrier Feb 2012 Enplaned Passengers Feb 2011 Rank Feb 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 United* 1,739.7 4 724.0 N/A
2 American 1,547.6 1 1,451.3 6.6
3 Delta 1,393.2 2 1,383.8 0.7
4 US Airways 465.8 5 460.1 1.2
5 JetBlue 289.8 6 220.2 31.6
6 ExpressJet** 192.8 25 19.8 N/A
7 Alaska 156.5 7 151.0 3.7
8 Spirit 95.2 10 93.8 1.4
9 SkyWest 92.4 8 122.3 -24.4
10 American Eagle 90.7 12 73.2 23.9

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

* United's 2012 number is the report of the merged United and Continental. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by United and Continental. Continental reported 985.8 thousand international passengers in February 2011.

** ExpressJet's 2012 number is the report of the merged ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. The 2011 numbers were reported separately by ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast. Atlantic Southeast reported 19.8 thousand international passengers in February 2011.

Note: Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 17: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by January-February 2012 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines*

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Jan-Feb 2012 Rank Airport Jan-Feb 2012 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Feb 2011 Rank Jan-Feb 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Miami 955.7 1 867.8 10.1
2 New York JFK 638.1 2 623.7 2.3
3 Atlanta 597.6 3 587.2 1.8
4 Newark 572.0 4 556.1 2.9
5 Houston Bush 514.6 5 530.2 -2.9
6 Chicago O'Hare 396.5 6 428.5 -7.5
7 Dallas/Fort Worth 343.3 7 333.5 2.9
8 Los Angeles 302.0 8 282.5 6.9
9 San Francisco 243.1 9 226.7 7.2
10 Washington Dulles 210.6 10 218.6 -3.7

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.

Note: For previous rankings see BTS Air Traffic Press Releases

Table 18: Top 10 U.S. Airports, ranked by February 2012 International Scheduled Enplanements on U.S. Airlines*

Passenger numbers in thousands (000)

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Feb 2012 Rank Airport Feb 2012 Enplaned Passengers Feb 2011 Rank Feb 2011 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2011-2012
1 Miami 451.2 1 403.9 11.7
2 New York JFK 310.3 2 294.4 5.4
3 Atlanta 290.6 3 284.6 2.1
4 Newark 275.8 4 256.7 7.4
5 Houston Bush 243.5 5 242.0 0.6
6 Chicago O'Hare 186.9 6 195.1 -4.2
7 Dallas/Fort Worth 164.9 7 154.1 7.0
8 Los Angeles 145.3 8 135.7 7.0
9 San Francisco 117.5 9 108.3 8.5
10 Philadelphia 101.0 11 99.2 1.8

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