Fri, Jul 22, 2011
Seven Percent Increase Over 2010 Lower Than Expected
The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) reported
Thursday that passenger revenue rose 7 percent in June 2011
compared to the same month in 2010, marking the 18th consecutive
month of revenue growth. The revenue data is based on a sample
group of U.S. carriers.
"While the overall rate of growth in air travel expenditures
appears to be slowing, we are encouraged by continued strength in
the Latin American and Caribbean markets. We hope to see ongoing
revenue growth in July to begin the third quarter," said ATA Vice
President and Chief Economist John Heimlich.
The airline industry still faces cost challenges, especially
higher fuel expenses. The U.S. Energy Information Administration
projects the full-year 2011 average price of U.S. jet fuel will be
$3.06 a gallon, more than 40 percent higher than the 2010
Systemwide passenger traffic, as measured by miles flown by
paying passengers, rose 0.3 percent while the average price to fly
one mile, also known as yield, rose nearly 7 percent for the
- U.S. domestic revenue grew nearly 6 percent, as passenger
yields increased 6 percent.
- Trans-Atlantic revenue increased 5.6 percent from a year
- Trans-Pacific revenue rose 5.5 percent.
- Latin American/Caribbean revenue grew 22 percent as yields rose
A sample of U.S. airlines saw spending on shipments of freight
and mail rise 6 percent year over year (up 1 percent domestically
and 9 percent internationally) in June 2011.
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