Thu, Feb 12, 2009
System Traffic Down 12.8 Percent Over 2007 Level; Load Factors
Drop As Well
The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on
US airlines in November 2008 declined by 12.8 percent from November
2007, dropping by 7.9 million to 54.0 million in the largest
decrease from the same month of the previous year since January
2002, the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of
Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Thursday.
November was the ninth consecutive month with a decrease in
passengers from 2007... reflecting both the airlines' efforts to
cut capacity, and growing reluctance among the general public to
spend money on airline travel. BTS reported US airlines carried
13.6 percent fewer domestic passengers than in November 2007 in the
largest year-to-year percent decline since November 2001.
International passengers on US carriers decreased 6.8 percent, the
largest year-to-year decline since May 2003.
For the first 11 months of 2008, the number of scheduled
domestic and international passengers on US airlines declined by
3.5 percent from the same period in 2007, dropping to 684.1
million, 24.7 million fewer than a year earlier.
US airlines carried 4.2 percent fewer domestic passengers and
1.8 percent more international passengers in the first 11 months of
2008 than during the same period in 2007.
combined domestic and international system load factor of 79.6
percent for January through November was down 0.7 load factor
points from last year’s record for the 11-month period. Both
domestic and international load factor dropped over November 2007
levels, the latter falling 4.1 percentage points.
Southwest Airlines carried more total system and more domestic
passengers for the first 11 months than any other US airline, while
American Airlines carried more international passengers than any
other US carrier.
Among airports, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest US
airport in the first 11 months of 2008, with 39.6 million domestic
and international passenger boardings. In November, Atlanta
Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest US airport with 3.4 million
domestic and international passenger boardings on US carriers.
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