U.S. and foreign carriers combined
NOTES: 2010 rank and Enplaned passengers are based on data through July 2010. The year 2000 was a peak year in the U.S. Airline Industry with record passengers carried, high fares and yields, record numbers of scheduled flights, and in most cases, record high profits. 2001 followed with a recession and then the events of 9/11 causing a record drop in virtually every airline measuring statistic. Since 2001 most airline statistics and analyses have compared current years with the year 2000, with the question being asked, "Are we back to the pre-9/11 levels?" or, "How long has it taken the industry to return to the year 2000 levels?" The year 2000 has become a base year for U.S. airline industry data.
SOURCE: U.S.Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, T100-Market Database, special tabulation, October 2010.