US airlines return to 1945 load factors

Airlines for America, the industry trade organisation for the largest US airlines, announced that in 2012 its members achieved an 82.8 per cent load factor, the highest level for scheduled service since 1945, according to a US Department of Transportation report released today.

In addition, the US airline industry enplaned 736.6 million passengers in scheduled service last year, up 0.8 per cent from 2011, which includes a record-setting 83.4 million international passengers. The all-time annual high for passengers carried was 769.6 million in 2007. System-wide capacity, as measured by available seat miles, rose 0.2 per cent.

“Last year, US airlines set a modern-day record for passenger load factor, which speaks directly to their efficient utilisation of seating capacity,” said John Heimlich, vice president for Airlines for America. “While the US airline industry operated approximately 2 per cent fewer flights than in 2011, it carried 737 million passengers, the most since 2008. In fact, our nation’s carriers accommodated more than 83 million passengers internationally, reflecting our increasing presence and service offerings in highly competitive global markets.”

A4A airline  members and their affiliates transport more than 90 per cent of all US airline passenger and cargo traffic.

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