Airlines for America Forecasts Record-High 145 Million Fliers for Spring Travel Season
Airlines adding 110,000 more seats per day to accommodate rise in demand
The U.S. Department of Transportations Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that U.S. airlines carried an all-time high number of passengers in 2016 823.0 million systemwide, 719.0 million domestic and 103.9 million international surpassing the previous highs reached in 2015.
Average passenger traffic in geographical Europe grew by +8.9% during January, compared with the same period last year. Much of this growth related to the EU market, where the pace (+10%) was nearly twice that of the non-EU market (+5.4%).
There are new opportunities to strengthen traveler engagement programs; airfares will fall or remain flat in most market segments; and expected rises in hotel rates have diminished in some markets, with lower prices now predicted for the Middle East.
The reporting carriers posted an on-time arrival rate of 76.0 percent in January 2017, down from the 81.3 percent on-time rate in January 2016, but up from the 75.6 percent mark in December 2016, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) released today.