Domestic Aircraft Capacity Utilization: Air Freight Revenue Load Factor

Domestic Aircraft Capacity Utilization: Air Freight Revenue Load Factor

Freight and Mail Revenue Load Factor (monthly data)

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Date Freight revenue load factor (percent)
Jan-79  
Feb-79  
Mar-79 0.00
Apr-79 0.00
May-79 29.35
Jun-79 29.92
Jul-79 32.82
Aug-79 36.57
Sep-79 36.42
Oct-79 34.23
Nov-79 30.10
Dec-79 29.36
Jan-80 31.29
Feb-80 32.95
Mar-80 32.80
Apr-80 31.24
May-80 28.27
Jun-80 30.38
Jul-80 30.43
Aug-80 29.75
Sep-80 30.83
Oct-80 29.26
Nov-80 29.18
Dec-80 29.36
Jan-81 31.81
Feb-81 33.59
Mar-81 33.26
Apr-81 33.68
May-81 29.99
Jun-81 32.65
Jul-81 33.25
Aug-81 33.21
Sep-81 33.77
Oct-81 32.35
Nov-81 31.17
Dec-81 32.58
Jan-82 36.05
Feb-82 36.03
Mar-82 34.06
Apr-82 34.79
May-82 29.39
Jun-82 32.02
Jul-82 33.45
Aug-82 31.07
Sep-82 33.34
Oct-82 33.12
Nov-82 31.05
Dec-82 30.86
Jan-83 33.30
Feb-83 33.57
Mar-83 33.52
Apr-83 35.43
May-83 29.54
Jun-83 33.78
Jul-83 35.61
Aug-83 33.62
Sep-83 33.24
Oct-83 34.16
Nov-83 31.09
Dec-83 32.43
Jan-84 34.92
Feb-84 36.11
Mar-84 37.54
Apr-84 37.27
May-84 30.96
Jun-84 33.90
Jul-84 34.52
Aug-84 33.16
Sep-84 35.17
Oct-84 33.52
Nov-84 31.10
Dec-84 32.45
Jan-85 32.71
Feb-85 33.87
Mar-85 32.98
Apr-85 31.41
May-85 28.48
Jun-85 30.36
Jul-85 31.57
Aug-85 30.32
Sep-85 31.75
Oct-85 31.51
Nov-85 27.71
Dec-85 28.98
Jan-86 29.78
Feb-86 32.90
Mar-86 32.62
Apr-86 31.89
May-86 29.84
Jun-86 32.25
Jul-86 32.15
Aug-86 32.54
Sep-86 32.55
Oct-86 29.55
Nov-86 30.10
Dec-86 31.15
Jan-87 32.84
Feb-87 34.64
Mar-87 33.96
Apr-87 33.50
May-87 30.87
Jun-87 32.10
Jul-87 32.70
Aug-87 32.09
Sep-87 31.94
Oct-87 32.68
Nov-87 32.15
Dec-87 31.40
Jan-88 34.49
Feb-88 35.67
Mar-88 34.24
Apr-88 37.87
May-88 31.86
Jun-88 33.10
Jul-88 35.01
Aug-88 33.40
Sep-88 31.78
Oct-88 34.56
Nov-88 32.23
Dec-88 32.25
Jan-89 32.04
Feb-89 34.59
Mar-89 35.31
Apr-89 36.46
May-89 31.92
Jun-89 34.11
Jul-89 36.16
Aug-89 35.84
Sep-89 35.27
Oct-89 37.63
Nov-89 33.28
Dec-89 34.28
Jan-90 34.78
Feb-90 34.88
Mar-90 35.45
Apr-90 35.50
May-90 32.02
Jun-90 33.14
Jul-90 34.35
Aug-90 32.76
Sep-90 33.98
Oct-90 34.22
Nov-90 31.86
Dec-90 34.28
Jan-91 34.84
Feb-91 35.16
Mar-91 35.15
Apr-91 34.74
May-91 32.13
Jun-91 33.14
Jul-91 33.57
Aug-91 32.83
Sep-91 33.93
Oct-91 33.94
Nov-91 32.57
Dec-91 33.47
Jan-92 34.20
Feb-92 35.86
Mar-92 35.80
Apr-92 34.10
May-92 32.99
Jun-92 33.95
Jul-92 35.03
Aug-92 35.33
Sep-92 35.33
Oct-92 35.24
Nov-92 33.79
Dec-92 34.32
Jan-93 36.02
Feb-93 37.65
Mar-93 35.70
Apr-93 37.04
May-93 32.70
Jun-93 38.43
Jul-93 36.23
Aug-93 37.12
Sep-93 37.44
Oct-93 36.59
Nov-93 35.59
Dec-93 35.91
Jan-94 38.86
Feb-94 39.41
Mar-94 38.52
Apr-94 37.95
May-94 34.36
Jun-94 36.95
Jul-94 38.15
Aug-94 36.63
Sep-94 34.40
Oct-94 36.66
Nov-94 32.26
Dec-94 35.25
Jan-95 36.84
Feb-95 37.81
Mar-95 37.88
Apr-95 35.91
May-95 33.74
Jun-95 34.68
Jul-95 37.47
Aug-95 35.53
Sep-95 36.14
Oct-95 36.44
Nov-95 33.77
Dec-95 36.59
Jan-96 37.17
Feb-96 37.37
Mar-96 38.30
Apr-96 36.91
May-96 34.03
Jun-96 35.47
Jul-96 35.50
Aug-96 34.48
Sep-96 36.02
Oct-96 35.60
Nov-96 33.76
Dec-96 34.96
Jan-97 36.03
Feb-97 38.52
Mar-97 37.75
Apr-97 35.39
May-97 34.25
Jun-97 34.85
Jul-97 36.04
Aug-97 36.17
Sep-97 36.37
Oct-97 35.73
Nov-97 35.31
Dec-97 37.05
Jan-98 36.24
Feb-98 37.63
Mar-98 36.78
Apr-98 34.94
May-98 34.20
Jun-98 34.57
Jul-98 34.87
Aug-98 34.75
Sep-98 34.43
Oct-98 34.25
Nov-98 33.36
Dec-98 32.87
Jan-99 36.01
Feb-99 37.16
Mar-99 35.71
Apr-99 35.37
May-99 33.37
Jun-99 34.31
Jul-99 34.73
Aug-99 34.06
Sep-99 33.45
Oct-99 34.65
Nov-99 33.63
Dec-99 33.70
Jan-00 36.36
Feb-00 36.75
Mar-00 36.11
Apr-00 36.26
May-00 32.28
Jun-00 35.07
Jul-00 35.47
Aug-00 35.22
Sep-00 34.52
Oct-00 34.24
Nov-00 30.70
Dec-00 33.89
Jan-01 35.42
Feb-01 36.31
Mar-01 35.42
Apr-01 35.81
May-01 32.08
Jun-01 30.81
Jul-01 31.81
Aug-01 30.43
Sep-01 29.33
Oct-01 30.07
Nov-01 26.58
Dec-01 28.04
Jan-02 29.69
Feb-02 31.29
Mar-02 30.08
Apr-02 28.84
May-02 28.43
Jun-02 29.75
Jul-02 30.27
Aug-02 30.65
Sep-02 30.23
Oct-02 29.01
Nov-02 28.14
Dec-02 28.97
Jan-03 29.14
Feb-03 34.18
Mar-03 32.41
Apr-03 29.68
May-03 28.60
Jun-03 29.31
Jul-03 29.85
Aug-03 30.04
Sep-03 30.42
Oct-03 29.55
Nov-03 28.73
Dec-03 30.01
Jan-04 31.59
Feb-04 33.69
Mar-04 32.78
Apr-04 30.67
May-04 30.77
Jun-04 33.93
Jul-04 35.14
Aug-04 33.59
Sep-04 33.68
Oct-04 33.85
Nov-04 32.03
Dec-04 32.38
Jan-05 36.04
Feb-05 35.45
Mar-05 34.73
Apr-05 34.12

Load factor related to the potential capacity of a system relative to its actual performance. The data include both transborder and foreign flights by large U.S. carriers, but do not include any flights by foreign carriers.

Domestic Revenue Load Factors Apr-04 Apr-05
Freight revenue load factors (percent) 30.67 34.12
Percent change from same month previous year 3.37 11.25

NOTES: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

The dramatic changes in the September 2001 data reflect the impact of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, on aviation, including several days in which commercial air operations were suspended.

The data reported here excludes small-certificated and commuter carriers that began reporting T100 data in 2002 for comparability with previous issues.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Air Carrier Traffic Statistics Monthly, July 2005.