Marginal decrease in August US passenger traffic from a year earlier

By BA StaffThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported that U.S. airlines carried 67.7 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in August 2013, 0.1 per cent fewer than in August 2012. Domestic passengers decreased 0.9 percent to 58.1 million, and international passengers increased 5.5 per cent to 9.6 million compared to August 2012.

Total U.S. airlines’ passenger traffic for the first eight months of 2013 increased 0.4 per cent 502.7 million, compared to the same period last year. Domestic passengers remain virtually unchanged at 435.3 million, while international passenger traffic increased 3.1 per cent to 67.4 million.

System-wide and domestic load factors, the proportion of capacity measured Available Seat-Miles (ASMs) vs. utilisation measured in Revenue Passenger-Miles (RPMs), remained below the all-time August highs reached in 2011, while international load factors hit record highs of 87 per cent as RPM growth far exceeded ASM capacity expansion.

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