Air travelers still staying on ground
Published: March 12,2010
The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in Dec. 2009 decreased by 0.6 percent from Dec. 2008, decreasing by 0.4 million to 57 million, the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported.
The Dec. 2009 passenger total was 6.2 percent below that of Dec. 2007.
BTS, in a release of preliminary data, reported that U.S. airlines carried 0.7 percent fewer domestic passengers in Dec. 2009 than in Dec. 2008. The number of international passengers on U.S. carriers increased 0.3 percent. The system, domestic and international load factors in Dec. 2009 were all the highest ever for the month of December.
For the full year 2009, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines declined by 5.3 percent from 2008, dropping to 703.9 million, 39.4 million fewer than a year earlier, and the lowest annual total since 2004.
The full-year system load factor of 80.4 percent and the domestic load factor of 81.1 were annual record highs.
For the year, U.S. airlines carried 5.2 percent fewer domestic passengers and 6.3 percent fewer international passengers in 2009 than in 2008.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- Molpus closes Fund after more than $662M in commitments
- MSU reminding fans that drones are prohibited at football games
- Politics of paying for transportation: Hand wringing and a lot of talk
- DeSoto County Supervisor Lee dies in ATV accident on his birthday
- Former DPS employees sentenced for selling bogus driver's licenses
- Researchers: Trapping, not hunting, best way to control wild hogs
- Realtors chooses Nita Wingard
- Entergy agrees to cut $35M from its new rate plan
- No debate, but Cochran and Childers lobby for votes for Senate