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US airlines reports pax eased 0.6% in Dec-2009, Southwest the remains largest airline

12-Mar-2010 4:13 PM

US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports (11-Mar-2010) the following system (domestic and international) traffic results for US airlines in Dec-2009:

  • Passenger numbers: 57.0 million, -0.6% year-on-year;
  • Load factor: 80.4%, +1.9 ppt;
  • Flights: 769,600, -2.1%;
  • Flight stage length: 725.4 miles, +0.5%.

According to BTS, Southwest Airlines remained the largest US airline, by total scheduled system enplanements in Dec-2009. The top ten airlines are as follows:

  • Southwest Airlines: 8.4 million, +4.9% year-on-year;
  • American: 7.1 million, -2.8%;
  • Delta: 5.4 million, -7.9%;
  • United: 4.3 million, -6.8%;
  • US Airways: 4.0 million, -7.4%;
  • Continental: 3.7 million, +1.4%;
  • Northwest: 3.0 million, -12.9%;
  • AirTran: 2.0 million, +1.7%;
  • JetBlue: 2.0 million, +6.6%;
  • SkyWest: 1.8 million, +25.0%. [more]