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Southwest Airlines remains the largest US airline in May-2009

14-Aug-2009 1:51 PM

US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports (13-Aug-2009) the following total system (domestic and international) traffic results for US airlines in May-2009:

  • Passenger numbers: 59.7 million, -9.3% year-on-year;
  • Flights: 812,700, -8.6%;
  • Passenger traffic (RPMs): -9.4%;
  • Capacity (ASMs): -7.9%;
  • Load factor: 79.7%, -1.2 ppt;
  • Average flight stage length: 716.0 miles, -0.4%.

Southwest Airlines remained the largest US airline, by total scheduled system (domestic and international) enplanements in May-2009. The top ten airlines are as follows:

  • Southwest: 8.7 million, -6.7% year-on-year;
  • American: 7.2 million, -13.2%;
  • Delta: 5.7 million, -4.6%;
  • United: 4.7 million, -16.2%;
  • US Airways: 4.4 million, -7.8%;
  • Continental: 3.7 million, -11.8%;
  • Northwest: 3.5 million, -21.7%;
  • AirTran: 2.0 million, -9.1%;
  • JetBlue: 1.8 million, +1.6%;
  • SkyWest: 1. 8 million, -2.6%.