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