BTS Statistics Release: January 2017 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

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BTS Statistics Release: January 2017 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

The U.S. Department of Transportations Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that U.S. airlines systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service load factor a measure of the use of airline capacity fell to 83.3 percent in January, seasonally adjusted, falling for the second consecutive month.

The seasonally-adjusted load factor declined from December (83.5) to January (83.3) because system capacity grew faster (0.6 percent increase in Available Seat-Miles (ASMs)) than the growth in passenger travel (0.3 percent increase in Revenue Passenger-Miles (RPMs)).

Load factor is a measure of the use of aircraft capacity that compares the system use, measured in RPMs as a proportion of system capacity, measured in ASMs.

Without adjusting for seasonal variability, systemwide passenger enplanements (62.5 million) reached an all-time January high, up 2.7 percent from the previous high (60.8 million) reached in 2016.

*Trends:*

*Seasonally-adjusted*

Systemwide load factor (83.3) was down 1.3 points from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (84.6) reached in October 2015. Domestic load factor (84.3) was down 1.4 points from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (85.7) reached in October 2015. International load factor (80.7) was down 2.5 points from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (83.3) reached in March 2013.

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Systemwide RPMs (79.0 billion) reached a new seasonally-adjusted all-time high, up 0.3 percent from the previous high in December 2016 (78.7 billion). Domestic RPM (56.1 billion) reached a new seasonally-adjusted all-time high, up 0.5 percent from the previous high in November 2016 (55.8 billion). International RPMs (22.9 billion) were down 0.7 percent from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (23.0 billion) reached in June 2016.

Systemwide ASMs (94.9 billion) reached a new seasonally-adjusted all-time high, up 0.6 percent from the previous high in December 2016 (94.3 billion). Domestic ASMs (66.5 billion) reached a new seasonally-adjusted all-time high, up 0.8 percent from the previous high in December 2016 (66.0 billion). International ASMs (28.3 billion) were down 0.2 percent from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (28.4 billion) reached in June 2016.

Systemwide passenger enplanements (69.3 million) were down 0.1 percent from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (69.4 million) reached in November 2016. Domestic passenger enplanements (60.5 million) were down 0.4 percent from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (60.8 million) reached in November 2016. International passenger enplanements (8.8 million) reached a new seasonally-adjusted all-time high, up 0.7 percent from December 2016 (8.7 million).

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Seasonally adjusted trends are for the time period January 2000 to present. Additional data, including domestic and international numbers, can be found on the seasonally-adjusted data http://www.transtats.bts.gov/osea/seasonaladjustment/?PageVar=ASM page.

*Unadjusted*

Systemwide load factor (79.4) was down 0.9 points from the all-time January high (80.3) reached in 2014. Domestic load factor (79.5) was down 1.2 points from the all-time January high (80.7) reached in 2014. International load factor (79.2) was down 0.4 points from the all-time January high (79.6) reached in 2014.

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Systemwide RPMs (71.4 billion) reached an all-time January high, up 3.1 percent from the previous high (69.3 billion) reached in 2016. Domestic RPMs (50.1 billion) reached an all-time January high, up 4.2 percent from the previous high (48.1 billion) reached in 2016. International RPMs (21.3 billion) reached an all-time January high, up 0.5 percent from the previous high (21.2 billion) reached in 2016.

Systemwide ASMs (89.9 billion) reached an all-time January high, up 4.1 percent from the previous high (86.3 billion) reached in 2016. Domestic ASMs (63.0 billion) reached an all-time January high, up 3.9 percent from the previous high (60.6 billion) reached in 2008. International ASMs (26.9 billion) reached an all-time January high, up 0.8 percent from the previous high (26.7 billion) reached in 2016.

Systemwide passenger enplanements (62.5 million) reached an all-time January high, up 2.7 percent from the previous high (60.8 million) reached in 2016. Domestic passenger enplanements (54.0 million) reached an all-time January high, up 2.8 percent from the previous high (52.5 million) reached in 2016. International passenger enplanements (8.5 million) reached an all-time January high, up 2.1 percent from the previous high (8.3 million) reached in 2016.

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Unadjusted trends are for the time period January 1996 to present. Data are available at Customize Table http://apps.bts.gov/xml/air_traffic/src/index.xml#CustomizeTable_ _and can be downloaded from the seasonally-adjusted data http://www.transtats.bts.gov/osea/seasonaladjustment/?PageVar=ASM page.

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See Air Traffic Release https://www.bts.gov/newsroom/january-2017-us-airline-traffic-data for summary tables and additional data. Additional traffic data can be found on the BTS Airlines and Airports http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/subject_areas/airline_information/index.html page.Click on a link in the Quick Links box on the right. See Load factor http://www.transtats.bts.gov/Data_Elements.aspx?Data=5, RPMs http://www.transtats.bts.gov/Data_Elements.aspx?Data=5, ASMs http://www.transtats.bts.gov/Data_Elements.aspx?Data=5 and Passengers http://www.transtats.bts.gov/Data_Elements.aspx?Data=5. For more historical data, see Traffic http://apps.bts.gov/xml/air_traffic/src/index.xml#CustomizeTable on the BTS website. See Seasonal Adjustment http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/subject-areas/economics_and_finance/deseasonalized_data for methodology and additional explanation. See data http://www.transtats.bts.gov/osea/seasonaladjustment/ for airline data since 2000 as well as seasonally-adjusted data for rail, transit, pipelines, trucking and waterways.

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