Wednesday, December 26, 2012
U.S. Airline System Traffic Declined in September
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports U.S. airlines carried 1.1 percent fewer passengers in September 2012 compared to September 2011.
Airlines based in the U.S. carried a total of 57.4 million passengers in September 2012, with 1.7 percent fewer domestic passengers and 2.8 percent fewer international passengers than September 2011.
Despite the decrease in September, airline system traffic for the first nine months of 2012 was still up 1.3 percent compared to the same time period in 2011, as U.S. airlines carried a total of 559.2 million total passengers during that time.
Delta carried more passengers than any other U.S. airline between January in September, with a total of 88.1 million passengers, which was an increase of nearly 2 million from the same period a year ago.