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July 2019 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

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July 2019 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried an all-time high estimated 77.9 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in July 2019, seasonally-adjusted, more than in any other month, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS) first estimate.

The July estimated passengers were 0.2% more than the June second estimate (77.8M), the previous high, and 3.8% more than the July 2018 reported data (75.1M).

Infographic - July 2019 Traffic Data for U.S Airlines

BTS estimated 68.1 million domestic passengers, a domestic all-time high, and 9.8 million international passengers on U.S. airlines flights in July.

U.S. airline traffic reports are filed monthly with BTS. See the tables that accompany this release on the BTS website for summary data since 2016 (Tables 1-24) and complete data since 2000.

This release is a statistical estimate based on U.S. airlines reported data through May. BTS will release a second estimate of U.S. airlines July air traffic on Sept. 13, followed by a release of the reported data on Oct. 10.

Figure 1. Monthly Passengers on U.S. Scheduled Airlines (Domestic + International), Seasonally Adjusted July 2016 - July 2019 (June 2019-July 2019 estimated) Passengers in millions (Seasonally Adjusted)Notes: 

Most recent two months estimated

Four measures of U.S. airlines passenger enplanements

Estimated July seasonally adjusted

  • System-wide enplanements reached a new all-time, seasonally-adjusted, high (77.9M) based on the estimate compared to reported data through May and estimates for June and July.
  • Domestic enplanements reached a new all-time, seasonally-adjusted, high (68.1M) based on the estimate compared to reported data through May and estimates for June and July.
  • International enplanements (9.80M) were down 0.1% from the all-time, seasonally-adjusted, estimated high of 9.81 million reached in June 2019.

Reported May seasonally adjusted

  • System-wide enplanements (77.5M) were down 0.3% from the all-time, seasonally-adjusted, reported high of 77.7 million reached in March 2019.
  • Domestic enplanements (67.8M) were down 0.5% from the all-time, seasonally-adjusted, reported high of 68.1 million reached in March 2019.
  • International enplanements reached a new all-time, seasonally-adjusted, high (9.73M) up 1.0% from the previous high of 9.63 million reached in April 2019.

Estimated July unadjusted

  • Systemwide enplanements (86.7M) reached a new estimated all-time high for the month of July, up 3.2% from the previous high in July 2018 (84.0M).
  • Domestic enplanements (74.9M) reached a new estimated all-time high for the month of July, up 3.2% from the previous high in July 2018 (72.5M).
  • International enplanements (11.8M) reached a new estimated all-time high for the month of July, up 3.7% from the previous high in July 2018 (11.4M).

Reported May unadjusted

  • Systemwide enplanements (81.3M) reached a new reported all-time high for the month of May, up 5.2% from the previous high in 2018 (77.3M).
  • Domestic enplanements (71.4M) reached a new reported all-time high for the month of May, up 5.2% from the previous high in 2018 (67.8M).
  • International enplanements (9.98M) reached a new reported all-time high for the month of May up 5.6% from the previous high in 2018 (9.45M).

Table A. Seasonally Adjusted Estimated and Reported Passenger Enplanements Compared to Previous Time Periods, July Estimate

Seasonally AdjustedPassengers (in millions)Percent Change Compared to

Previous Month Previous Year Three Years Previous
July estimate 77.9 0.2% 3.8% 14.5%
May reported 77.5 0.9% 4.8% 13.0%

Unadjusted Estimated and Reported Passenger Enplanements Compared to Previous Time Periods, July Estimate

UnadjustedPassengers (in millions)Percent Change Compared to

Previous Year Two Years Previous Three Years Previous
July estimate 86.7 3.2% 8.6% 12.7%
May reported 81.3 5.2% 10.4% 13.7%

Year-to-Date

For the first seven months of 2019, January through July, U.S. airlines carried 538.9 million passengers, the highest total based on comparable records since 2003. The January-July number has reached a new high for five consecutive years.  The 2019 seven-month number is up 4.0% from 2018, up 8.9% from 2017 and up 12.3% from 2016.

Figure 2. January-July Passengers on U.S. Airlines - 2003-2019 Passengers in millions, unadjusted (000,000)

BTS Estimates

For seasonally-adjusted passenger numbers, BTS first estimates have averaged within 0.8% of reported data while second estimates have averaged within 0.6% of reported data.

For unadjusted passenger numbers, BTS first estimates have averaged within 1.0% of reported data while second estimates have averaged within 0.7% of reported data.



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