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  • US airlines employed 711,817 workers in April 2018, 2.5% more than in April 2017. 
  • BTS’ for-hire freight shipment index (TSI) fell 0.1 percent in April 2018 from March 2018, falling after reaching an all-time high in March. 
  • BTS’ for-hire freight shipment index (TSI) in April 2018 was 7.7% higher than in April 2017.
  • A record 965 million passengers flew in the US and to/from the US in 2017 on US and foreign airlines. 
  • A record 223 million passengers flew to and from the U.S in 2017 - 108 million on US airlines and 116 million on foreign airlines.
  • Southwest Airlines carried more total system passengers in 2017 than any other US airline - 158 million – followed by Delta Airlines and American Airlines.
  • American Airlines carried more passengers on international flights to and from the US in 2017 than any other US or foreign carrier – 28 million – followed by United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. 
  • British Airways carried the most passengers on flights to and from the US of any foreign airline – 7 million – followed by Lufthansa and WestJet. 
  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was the top US airport for total system passenger boardings in 2017 – 50 million – followed by Los Angeles International and Chicago O’Hare. 
  • New York John F. Kennedy was the top US airport for international passenger boardings in 2017 – 16 million – followed by Los Angeles International and Miami.
  • 849 million passengers flew on US airlines in 2017, an all-time high – 742 million domestic and 108 million international. 
  • 72.3 million passengers on US airlines’ in December was a new all-time seasonally-adjusted high. 
  • Drivers on US roads and highways drove a record 269 billion miles in November 2017 and again in December, seasonally-adjusted. 
  • US passenger airlines’ workforce in April 2018 reached its highest level since December 2004 – 436,610 workers, up 3.0% in one year. 
  • Low-cost airlines – those with a low-cost business model – grew their workforce in April 2018 by 2.4% percent in one year and 27.7 percent in four years. 
  • American Airlines employed the most workers of any US airline in April 2018 – 102,198 
  • 81.3% of April 2018 flights arrived on-time, above 78.5% in April 2017.
  • April 2018 flight cancellation rate – 1.0% – was below the April 2017 rate of 1.6%. 
  • Airlines with the highest on-time arrival percent in April 2018 –Hawaiian, 87.7; Delta, 86.4; Mesa, 85.1
  • Airlines with the lowest on-time arrival percent in April 2018– JetBlue, 67.6; Frontier 76.4; Southwest, 77.7. 
  • Airports with the highest on-time arrival percent in April 2018 – Atlanta, 86.9; Houston, 86.0; Salt Lake City, 85.7.  
  • Airports with the lowest on-time arrival percent in April 2018 – Newark, 66.3; New York LaGuardia, 72.3; Boston Logan, 74.0. 
  • Trucks carried $66.5B of North American freight in April 2018, up 4.1% from April 2017. 
  • Laredo was the top truck port on the southern border in April 2018. Detroit was the top truck port on the northern border. 
  • Rail carried $16.1B of North American freight in April 2018, up 1.9% from April 2017.
  • US airlines’ passenger enplanements reached a seasonally-adjusted all-time high of 73.1 million in March 2018, up rose 0.2% from February systemwide load factor (84.2%) was down 0.6 points from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high reached in October 2015. 
  • 1Q 2018 US airline net profits ($1.7billion) were down 14.4% from 1Q 2017. 
  • In March 2018 US airlines made $1.1 billion in baggage fees, 2.6% of total operating revenue.
  • In March 2018, US airlines made $661.9 million from reservation change fees, 1.6% of total operating revenue.
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018