WASHINGTON – USDOT reported this week that U.S. airlines carried 63.8 million scheduled domestic and international passengers in May, a 3.9 percent increase from May 2010.
The May 2011 passenger total was also 6.9 percent above that of two years ago but remained 3.3 percent below the early recession level of May 2008.
The feds also reported that U.S. airlines carried 4.0 percent more domestic passengers last May than in May 2010. The number of international passengers on U.S. carriers in May increased 3.2 percent over May 2010. The May 2011 load factors of 83.6 percent systemwide and 84.5 percent domestic were the highest recorded for any May.
The nation’s largest airlines’ on-time arrival performance in June 2011 was an improvement from June 2010, but down from May 2011, according to USDOT’s Air Travel Consumer Report.
The 16 carriers reporting on-time performance recorded an overall on-time arrival rate of 76.9 percent in June, up from the 76.4 percent on-time rate of June 2010 but down from May 2011’s 77.1 percent rate.
The monthly report also includes data on lengthy tarmac delays, on-time performance, chronically delayed flights, flight cancellations, and the causes of flight delays filed with the department by the reporting carriers. In addition, the report contains information on airline bumping, reports of mishandled baggage filed by consumers with the carriers, and consumer service, disability and discrimination complaints received by DOT’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division. This report also includes reports of incidents involving pets traveling by air, as required to be filed by U.S. carriers.