US airlines to handle 1 billion pax by 2021 on faster growth; 2011 domestic air travel to grow 3%

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US airline passenger numbers will reach 1 billion in fiscal year 2021, two years sooner than projected according to the US Federal Aviation Administration in its latest annual forecast for Fiscal Years 2011-2023. Annual growth is expected to average 2.8%, while traffic (RPMs) is expected to more than double over the 20 years to 1.7 trillion in 2031.

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