US Department of Transport: BTS Releases July 2007 Airline Traffic Data; U.S Airlines Carried Record Number of Passengers in July

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.


Domestic passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was down 0.3 percent in the first seven months of 2007. In July, domestic passenger trip length was down 0.4 percent.

Southwest carried 59.5 million domestic passengers in the first seven months of 2007, the most of any airline (Table 9). In July, Southwest carried 9.7 million domestic passengers, the most of any airline (Table 10).

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest domestic airport in the first seven months of 2007, with 22.5 million domestic passenger boardings (Table 11). In July, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the busiest domestic airport with 3.7 million domestic passenger boardings (Table 12).

International Air Travel (Tables 13-18) U.S. airlines carried 53.4 million scheduled international passengers during the first seven months of 2007, up 3.8 percent from the 51.5 million carried during the same period in 2006 (Table 14). The passengers were carried on 508,900 flights, up 1.0 percent from the 504,000 flights operated in 2006 (Table 13).

In the most recent month, July, the airlines carried 8.9 million scheduled international passengers, up 3.2 percent from the passengers carried during July 2006. The passengers were carried on 78,700 flights, down 1.8 percent from the 80,100 flights operated in July 2006 (Table 13).

In other international comparisons from the first seven months of 2006 to the first seven months of 2007 and from July 2006 to July 2007 (Table 13):

International revenue passenger miles (RPMs), a measure of the number of passengers and the distance flown, were up 5.3 percent in the first seven months of 2007. In July, international RPMs were up 4.9 percent.

International available seat-miles (ASMs), a measure of airline capacity using the number of seats and the distance flown, were up 5.3 percent in the first seven months of 2007. In July, international ASMs were up 5.0 percent.

International passenger load factor, passenger miles as a proportion of available seat-miles, was unchanged from the 80.2 percent in the first seven months of 2006. In July, international load factor was down 0.1 load factor points to 85.2 percent.

International flight stage length, the average non-stop distance flown per departure, was up 3.9 percent in the first seven months of 2007. In July, international flight stage length was up 6.8 percent.

International passenger trip length, the average distance flown per passenger, was up 1.5 percent in the first seven months of 2007. In July, international passenger trip length was up 1.7 percent.

American carried 12.7 million international passengers in the first seven months of 2007, the most of any U.S. airline (Table 15). In July, American carried 2.1 million international passengers, the most of any U.S. airline (Table 16).

Miami International was the busiest U.S. airport for international travel on U.S. carriers in the first seven months of 2007, with 2,817,400 international passenger boardings (Table 17). In July, Miami International was the busiest international airport with 469,300 international passenger boardings (Table 18).

Reporting Notes Data are compiled from monthly reports filed with BTS by commercial U.S. air carriers detailing operations, passenger traffic and freight traffic. This release includes data received by BTS from 90 carriers as of Sept. 28 for U.S. carrier scheduled civilian operations. U.S. carriers foreign point-to-point flights are included in system and international totals. To create a customized table for passengers, flights, RPMs, ASMs and other data, including non-scheduled service, go to http://www.bts.gov/programs/airline_information/air_carrier_traffic_stat istics/.

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