Wed, Jul 22, 2009
Passenger Demand, Cargo Traffic Show Steep Drops From June
The Air Transport Association of
America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S.
airlines, reports that passenger revenue fell 26 percent in June
2009 versus the same month in 2008 - the eighth consecutive month
in which passenger revenue has fallen from the prior year.
The number of passengers traveling on U.S. airlines in June fell
6.5 percent while the average price to fly one mile fell 20.7
percent, a sharp decline surpassing even those witnessed during the
2001 recession and post-9/11 terrorist attacks. Revenue declines
extended beyond the mainland United States to the trans-Atlantic,
trans-Pacific and Latin markets.
Compounding the softening demand for passenger travel, U.S.
airlines saw cargo traffic - as measured in revenue ton miles -
decline 20 percent year over year in May 2009, marking the 10th
consecutive month of declining cargo traffic. Notably, cargo
traffic in the Pacific region fell 26 percent. June 2009 cargo data
is not yet available.
The latest results continue to reflect the weak global economy
and the lingering impact of the H1N1 (swine) influenza
"Despite extreme price discounting, June data reflect ongoing
weakness in demand for air travel. The airline industry remains
fragile as this country continues to suffer from the worst
recession since the 1930s," said ATA President and CEO James C.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.1 trillion in U.S.
economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. On a daily
basis, U.S. airlines operate nearly 30,000 flights in 77 countries,
using more than 6,000 aircraft to carry an average of two million
passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo.
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