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BTS: US airlines’ scheduled service load factor at 83.4 percent

Jul 14, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that US airlines’ systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service load factor – a measure of the use of airline capacity – rose to 83.4 percent in April, seasonally adjusted, rising after three months of decline from January to March. Seasonal adjustment allows the comparing of monthly load factors to all other months.

Load factor is a measure of the use of aircraft capacity that compares the system use, measured in Revenue Passenger-Miles (RPMs) as a proportion of system capacity, measured in Available Seat-Miles (ASMs).

The seasonally-adjusted load factor rose from March (82.7) to April (83.4) because passenger travel grew faster (1.0 percent increase in RPMs) than system capacity (0.1 percent increase in ASMs).

Trends:

Seasonally-adjusted

Systemwide load factor (83.4) was down 1.4 points from the all-time high (84.8) reached in October 2015. Domestic load factor (84.7) was down 1.5 points from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (86.2) reached in October 2015. International load factor (80.7) was down 2.4 points from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (83.1) reached in March 2013.

Systemwide RPMs (77.0 billion) reached a new seasonally-adjusted all-time high, up 0.1 percent from December 2015. Domestic RPMs (54.2 billion) reached a new seasonally-adjusted all-time high, up 0.1 percent from December 2015. International RPMs (22.7 billion) were down 1.6 percent from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (23.1 billion) reached in July 2015.

Systemwide ASMs (92.3 billion) reached a new seasonally-adjusted all-time high, up 0.1 percent from March 2016. Domestic ASMs (64.1 billion) were down 0.1 percent from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (64.1 billion) reached in March 2016. International ASMs (28.2 billion) reached a new seasonally-adjusted all-time high, up 0.1 percent from August 2015.

Systemwide passenger enplanements (67.7 million) were down 0.6 percent from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (68.2 million) reached in October 2015. Domestic passenger enplanements (59.1 million) were down 0.8 percent from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (59.6 million) reached in October 2015. International passenger enplanements (8.6 million) were down 0.1 percent from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (8.6 million) reached in December 2015.

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 page.

Unadjusted

Systemwide load factor (82.0) was down 1.3 points from the all-time April high (83.4) reached in 2014. Domestic load factor (84.1) was down 0.9 points from the all-time April high (84.9) reached in 2014. International load factor (77.3) was down 3.6 points from the all-time April high (80.2) reached in 2012.

Systemwide RPMs (75.1 billion) reached an all-time April high, up 2.8 percent from the previous April high (73.1 billion) reached in 2015. Domestic RPMs (53.6 billion) reached an all-time April high, up 3.4 percent from the previous April high (51.9 billion) reached in 2015. International RPMs (21.5 billion) reached an all-time April high, up 0.2 percent from the previous April high (21.5 billion) reached in 2014.

Systemwide ASMs (91.6 billion) reached an all-time April high, up 3.3 percent from the previous April high (88.6 billion) reached in 2015. Domestic ASMs (63.8 billion) reached an all-time April high, up 4.1 percent from the previous April high (61.3 billion) reached in 2005. International ASMs (27.8 billion) reached an all-time April high, up 1.2 percent from the previous April high (27.5 billion) reached in 2015.

Systemwide passenger enplanements (67.2 million) reached an all-time April high, up 2.0 percent from the previous April high (65.9 million) reached in 2015. Domestic passenger enplanements (58.9 million) reached an all-time April high, up 2.1 percent from the previous April high (57.7 million) reached in 2015. International passenger enplanements (8.3 million) reached an all-time April high, up 1.3 percent from the previous April high (8.2 million) reached in 2014.

BTS: US airlines’ scheduled service load factor at 83.4 percent



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