U.S. Airline Revenue Passenger-Miles and Load Factor

U.S. Airline Revenue Passenger-Miles and Load Factor

Excel | CSV | Table Version

Revenue Passenger-Miles (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

Revenue Passenger-Miles (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted). If you are a user with disability and cannot view this image, use the table version. If you need further assistance, call 800-853-1351.

Load Factor (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

Load Factor (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted). If you are a user with disability and cannot view this image, use the table version. If you need further assistance, call 800-853-1351.

Airline revenue passenger-miles (RPM) are a measure of intensity of use of the air travel system. In 2011, the 728 million passengers traveling on U.S.-based airlines collectively traveled 809 billion miles. On average, a passenger traveling domestically traveled 883 miles. An international passenger traveling on a U.S.-based airline traveled an average of 2,721 miles to the first destination outside the U.S.

In 2011, capacity utilization for domestic carriers was 82.9 percent of available seat-miles (ASM) occupied by passengers for domestic flights, and 80.4 percent of ASM occupied for international flights. Foreign airlines that originated flights in the U.S. had a load factor of 80.3 percent.

U.S. Airline Revenue Passenger-Miles and Load Factor Jun-11 Jun-12
Scheduled System (Domestic and International) U.S. Airlines Total RPM (billions) 74.65 75.55
Percent change from same month previous year 2.1 1.2
Scheduled System (Domestic and International) U.S. Airlines Load Factor (percent) 85.63 86.59
Difference from same month previous year* -0.6 1.0

* Current month minus same month previous year. This is generally used in the case of bound numbers, such as proportions that cannot exceed 100%.

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

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, available at http://www.bts.gov/programs/airline_information/ as of October 2012.