US AIR TRANSPORT ON RISE

2.8% more people take to the skies this year

Air transport in the United States is “ ying high” as more passengers than ever are travelling, according to data on the first half of 2017.

The US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) believes that 2017 could be an all-time high in total number of passengers. US airlines carried during the rst six months of 2017 414.4 million passengers (enplanement units), split between 360.9 million domestic and 53.5 million international travellers. This represents a growth of 2.8% compared to the same period of 2016, with domestic traf c up by 2.7% and international traffic up by 3.8%.

However, US airlines represent only 49.5% of all passengers carried on international routes as total passengers on international routes reached 108.32 million during the first six months of 2017 – a growth of 6% over the same period of 2016. System-wide, this represents a growth of 2.8% compared to the same period of 2016, with domestic traf c up by 2.7% and international traffic up by 3.8%.

US AIRLINES CARRIED 414.4 MILLION PASSENGERS, UP BY 2.8%, DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2017

The average load factor reached 82.9% during the rst six months of 2017, down by 0.3% with the load factor on international routes down by 1.2 point to 79.9%.

Next year, a multitude of new routes will start in summer between the USA and Europe: Air France will serve Paris CDG and Seattle, American Airlines Prague-Philadelphia, British Airways London Heathrow-Nashville, Delta Lisbon-Atlanta, LOT Polish Airlines Budapest-New York JFK, Edelweiss Zurich-Denver while United Airlines is launching Porto-Newark, Edinburg-Washington and Zurich- San Francisco.


Photo: Los Angeles International Airport.