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Full Year 2022 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

Thursday, March 16, 2023

BTS 14-23

U.S. airlines carried 194 million more passengers in 2022 than in 2021, up 30% year-to-year. For the full year 2022, January through December, U.S. airlines carried 853 million passengers (unadjusted), up from 658 million in 2021 and 388 million in 2020.


  • Systemwide enplanements (853 million) were down 8% from the all-time annual high (928M) reached in 2019.
  • Domestic enplanements (751M) were down 8% from the all-time annual high (812M) reached in 2019.
  • International enplanements (102M) were down 11% from the all-time annual high (115M) reached in 2019.


Line Graph showing Monthly Passengers on U.S. Scheduled Airlines (Domestic + International), December 2019 - December 2022

For data filed through December, see accompanying tables. For the complete database of reported data, see Traffic. For an explanation of BTS’ seasonal adjustment methodology, see Seasonal Adjustment.

Reporting Notes
Data are compiled from monthly reports filed with BTS by commercial U.S. air carriers detailing operations, passenger traffic and freight traffic. This release includes data received by BTS from 77 U.S. carriers as of March 3 for U.S. carrier scheduled civilian operations. 

See the BTS Airlines and Airports page for additional scheduled service numbers through December for U.S. airlines. International data by origin and destination is available through September. International totals in this press release consist of all U.S. carrier operations to and from the U.S. and from one foreign point to another foreign point. BTS’ Airlines and Airports page does not include U.S. carriers’ foreign point-to-point flights.

BTS has scheduled April 13th for the release of data through January.

None of the data are from samples. Measures of statistical significance do not apply to the complete air traffic data.

Missing carriers: 2HQ (Elite) has not reported since July. ExpressJet (EV) is in Chapter 11 and discontinued operations on August 22; there are no operations to report for September and beyond.