The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in February 2009 declined by 11.8 percent from February 2008, dropping by 6.7 million to 49.8 million in the largest decrease from the same month of the previous year since December 2001, the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported. February was the 12th consecutive month with a decrease in passengers from 2008, dropping the number of scheduled airline passengers to the lowest total since January 2004.
U.S. airlines carried 11.9 percent fewer domestic passengers than in February 2008 in the largest year-to-year percent decline since December 2001. International passengers on U.S. carriers decreased 10.9 percent, the largest year-to-year decline since January 2002.
For the first two months of 2009, the number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines declined by 11.0 percent from the same period in 2008, dropping to 101.6 million, 12.6 million fewer than a year earlier.
U.S. airlines carried 11.4 percent fewer domestic passengers and 8.6 percent less international passengers in the first two months of 2009 than during the same period in 2008.