U.S. airlines carried 72.2 million scheduled domestic and international passengers on their systems in July, a record high for a single month and 2.2 percent more than the previous record of 70.6 million in July 2005, the U.S. Department of Transportations Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today reported in a release of preliminary data.
BTS, a part of DOTs Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that U.S. carriers also set passenger records in July for the separate domestic passenger and international passenger categories. U.S. airlines carried 63.2 million domestic passengers in July, up 1.3 percent from the previous high of 62.4 million in July 2005 (Table 8). U.S. airlines carried 8.9 million international passengers in July, up 3.2 percent from the previous high of 8.7 million in July 2006 (Table 14).
Load factors in July reached an all-time high for combined domestic and international system flights. The July system load factor for domestic and international flights was 86.0 percent, topping the previous high of 85.8 percent in June. The July load factor for domestic flights was 86.4 percent, matching the previous high of 86.4 percent in June (Tables 7, 13). Load factor measures the use of airline capacity.
The 72.2 million total system passengers increased 3.8 percent from July 2006 (Table 2). The number of domestic passengers increased 3.9 percent in July from a year earlier and international passengers increased 3.2 percent (Tables 7, 13).
U.S. airlines carried 451.7 million scheduled domestic and international passengers on their systems during the first seven months of 2007, 2.9 percent more than they did during the same period in 2006 and a record for the January-to-July period.
U.S. airlines carried 2.8 percent more domestic passengers and 3.8 percent more international passengers during the first seven months of 2007 than during the same period in 2006 (Tables 7, 13). These passengers traveled on planes with average load factors exceeding 80.1 percent (Tables 1, 7 and 13).
Top Airlines Southwest Airlines carried more total system and more domestic passengers in the first seven months than any other U.S. airline (Tables 3 and 9) and American Airlines carried more international passengers than any U.S. carrier (Table 15).
Top Airports More total system and domestic passengers boarded planes in the first seven months at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International than at any other U.S. airport (Tables 5 and 11); and more international passengers boarded planes on U.S. carriers at Miami International than at any other U.S. airport (Table 17).
Flights Operated U.S. carriers operated 6.2 million domestic and international flights in the first seven months of 2007, 1.0 percent more than were operated during the same period in 2006 (Table 1). Domestic flights were up 1.0 percent from the previous year while international flights also increased 1.0 percent (Tables 7, 13).
In July, U.S. airlines operated 928,000 scheduled domestic and international flights, down 0.5 percent from the number of flights operated in July 2006 (Table 1). The number of domestic flights declined 0.4 percent in July from a year earlier while international flights decreased 1.8 percent (Tables 7, 13).
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