Date: Friday, September 14, 2018
U.S. airlines carried a new high of 74.8 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers, seasonally-adjusted, in June 2018, up 1.0 percent from May, for the fifth consecutive monthly increase.
|Enplanements in millions (Seasonally Adjusted)|
One Month: May to June 2018 domestic enplanements rose 1.0 percent while enplanements on U.S. airlines’ international flights to and from the U.S. rose 0.8 percent for a 1.0 percent systemwide increase.
One Year: June 2017 to June 2018 domestic enplanements rose 6.2 percent while international enplanements rose 3.0 percent for a 5.8 systemwide percent increase.
Three Years: June 2015 to June 2018 domestic enplanements rose 13.6 percent while international enplanements rose 10.6 percent for a 13.2 percent systemwide increase.
Unadjusted: Systemwide and domestic and international enplanements all reached highs for the month of June.
Additional Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) air traffic data:
New seasonally-adjusted all-time highs in June 2018
Passenger enplanements: Systemwide, international, and domestic passenger enplanements reached new seasonally-adjusted all-time highs.
Revenue passenger-miles: Systemwide, international, and domestic revenue passenger miles (RPMs) reached new seasonally-adjusted all-time highs.
Available seat-miles: Systemwide and domestic available seat-miles (ASMs) reached new seasonally-adjusted all-time highs.
Systemwide load factor (84.7 percent) was down 0.1 points from the all-time seasonally-adjusted high (84.8 percent) reached in October 2015. Domestic and international load factors both declined.
Load factor is a measure of the use of aircraft capacity that compares the system use, measured in RPMs as a proportion of system capacity, measured ASMs.
The seasonally-adjusted load factor rose from May (84.1) to June (84.7) because passenger travel grew faster (0.7 percent increase in RPMs) than system capacity (virtually no change in ASMs).
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.
|Enplanements in millions (Unadjusted)|
New June unadjusted all-time highs
Passenger enplanements: Systemwide, international, and domestic passenger enplanements reached new highs for the month of June.
One month: May to June 2018: domestic enplanements rose 3.2 percent and enplanements on U.S. airlines’ international flights to and from the U.S. rose 12.2 percent for a 4.3 percent systemwide increase.
One year: June 2017 to June 2018, domestic enplanements rose 5.0 percent while international enplanements rose 3.3 percent for a 4.8 percent systemwide increase.
Three years: June 2015 to June 2018, domestic enplanements rose 13.4 percent while international enplanements rose 12.2 percent for and 13.2 percent systemwide increase.
Revenue passenger-miles: Systemwide, domestic and international revenue passenger miles (RPMs) reached new highs for the month of June.
Available seat-miles: Systemwide, domestic and international available seat-miles (ASMs) reached new highs for the month of June.
Systemwide load factor (87.5) reached an all-time June high, up 0.6 points from the previous high (87.0) reached in 2013 based on unrounded numbers. Domestic load factor (87.7) reached an all-time June high, up 0.2 points from the previous high (87.6) reached in 2016 (Table 23). International load factor (86.8) was down 0.1 points from the all-time June high (86.9) reached in 2013.
The load factor rose from June 2017 (86.5 percent) to June 2018 (87.5 percent) because passenger travel grew faster (5.2 percent increase in RPMs) than system capacity (4.0 percent increase in ASMs).
Explanation of seasonal adjustment
When the primary purpose is to examine monthly shifts in transportation services output and analyze short-term trends, the variation introduced by normal seasonal changes must be removed from the data. Transportation is highly seasonal, and without adjustment, the data do not give an accurate picture of underlying changes in aviation, passenger travel.
Seasonal adjustment of the data removes the seasonal events that follow a regular seasonal pattern. Changes that are not due to seasonality, such as a change in air travel resulting from economic conditions become more readily apparent.
The aviation data are seasonally adjusted for the effects of trading day, moving holidays, and data outliers.
See Seasonal Adjustment for methodology and additional explanation.
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 75 U.S. carriers as of Sept. 4 for U.S. carrier scheduled civilian operations.
For additional scheduled service numbers for U.S. and foreign airlines, by airline and by airport, see Passengers, Flights, Revenue Passenger-Miles, Available Seat-Miles and Load Factor. To create a customized table for passengers, flights, RPMs, ASMs and other data, including non-scheduled service, go to https://www.transtats.bts.gov/TRAFFIC/
BTS has scheduled Oct. 12 for the release of July traffic data. None of the data are from samples so measures of statistical significance do not apply.