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BTS Releases November 2011 Airline Traffic Data; System Traffic Down 0.1 Percent from November 2010
Source: US DOT
23/02/2012

The U.S. Department of Transportationís Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that U.S. airlines carried 58.1 million scheduled domestic and international passengers in November 2011. The airlines carried 0.2 percent more domestic passengers and 1.9 percent fewer international passengers than in November 2010, resulting in a systemwide decrease of 0.1 percent (Tables 1, 7, 13). The November 2011 passenger total was 6.0 percent above that of two years ago in November 2009 (Table 2).
BTS, a part of DOTís Research and Innovative Technology Administration, also reported in a release of preliminary data the system load factor of 81.9 percent and the domestic load factor of 83.6 percent were record highs for the month of November (Tables 1, 7).
U.S. airlines carried 671.1 million total system passengers during the first 11 months of 2011, up 1.4 percent from the same period in 2010 (Table 2). Domestically, they carried 586.1 million passengers, up 1.3 percent from 2010 (Table 8). Internationally, they carried 85.0 million passengers, up 1.9 percent from 2010 (Table 14). Systemwide, domestic and international totals were all the highest for January through November since 2008. See Tables 2, 8 and 14 of Air Traffic Press Releases for previous year numbers.
Additional traffic numbers can be found on the BTS website in the Airlines and Airports box. Click on a link in the column on the right.

Load Factor and Capacity
Systemwide load factors increased 1.5 percentage points in November 2011 from November 2010. From January through November, systemwide capacity, measured by available seat-miles, was up 2.2 percent, domestic was up 1.1 percent and international was up 4.5 percent compared to the first 11 months of 2010 (Tables 1, 7, 13).

Top Airlines
Monthly: In November, Southwest Airlines carried more total system passengers than any other U.S. airline (Table 4). Southwest Airlines also carried the most domestic passengers (Table 10). American Airlines carried the most international passengers (Table 16). The top 10 US airlines carried 75.4 percent of systemwide passengers, an increase from the 75.3 percent in November 2010.
Year-to-date: During the first 11 months of 2011, Delta carried more total system and international passengers while Southwest carried more domestic passengers than any other U.S. airline (Tables 3, 9, 15). The top 10 US airlines carried 75.5 percent of systemwide passengers, an increase from the 75.2 percent during the first 11 months of 2010.

Top Airports
Monthly: In November, more total system and domestic passengers boarded planes at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International than at any other U.S. airport (Tables 6, 12); and more international passengers boarded U.S. carriers at Miami than at any other U.S. airport (Table 18).
Year-to-date: During the first 11 months of 2011, more total system and domestic passengers boarded planes at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson than at any other U.S. airport (Tables 5 and 11); and more international passengers boarded U.S. carriers at Miami than at any other U.S. airport (Table 17).For other year-to-date and monthly comparisons, see the following tables:

System (Domestic + International) (Tables 1-6)

Table 1 (November and January through November):
Passengers
Flights
Revenue passenger-miles (RPMs)
Available seat-miles (ASMs)
Passenger load factor
Flight stage length
Passenger trip length

Table 2
System scheduled enplanements on U.S. airlines by month since January 2009

Airline Rankings

Table 3
January through November: Top 10 airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Table 4
November: Top 10 airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

Table 5
January through November: Top 10 airports by scheduled passenger enplanements on U.S. airlines

Table 6
November: Top 10 airports by scheduled passenger enplanements on U.S. airlines

Scheduled Domestic Air Travel (Tables 7-12)

Table 7 (November and January through November):
Domestic passengers
Domestic flights
Domestic revenue passenger-miles (RPMs)
Domestic available seat-miles (ASMs)
Domestic passenger load factor
Domestic flight stage length
Domestic passenger trip length

Table 8
Domestic scheduled enplanements on U.S. airlines by month since January 2009

Airline Rankings

Table 9
January through November: Top 10 domestic airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Table 10
November: Top 10 domestic airlines by scheduled passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

Table 11
January through November: Top 10 domestic airports by scheduled passenger enplanements

Table 12
November: Top 10 domestic airports by scheduled passenger enplanements

Scheduled International Air Travel on U.S. Airlines (Tables 13-18)

Table 13 (November and January through November):
International passengers
International flights
International revenue passenger-miles on U.S. airlines (RPMs)
International available seat-miles on U.S. airlines (ASMs)
International passenger load factor on U.S. airlines
International flight stage length on U.S. airlines
International passenger trip length on U.S. airlines

Table 14
International scheduled enplanements on U.S. airlines by month since January 2009

Airline Rankings

Table 15
January through November: Top 10 U.S. airlines by scheduled international passenger enplanements

Table 16
November: Top 10 U.S. airlines by scheduled international passenger enplanements

Airport Rankings

Table 17
January through November: Top 10 airports by scheduled international passenger enplanements on U.S. airlines

Table 18
November: Top 10 airports by scheduled international passenger enplanements on U.S. airlines

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