Setting a new record-high for spring travel, Airlines for America (A4A) expects 145 million passengers — nearly 2.4 million per day — to fly globally on US airlines between March 1 and April 30, an increase of 4% over last spring´s 140 million passengers, the company said.
Accordingly, airlines are adding 110,000 seats per day across their networks to accommodate the 89,000 additional daily passengers expected to fly on US carriers during this period.
US and foreign airlines in 2016 added 198 new routes and discontinued 161 routes, equating to a net growth of 37 nonstop routes year-over-year serving consumers traveling to and from US airports. Airlines in 2017 have already added 151 new routes, while discontinuing 134 routes for a net growth of 17 routes. Over the past two years, fliers saw net expansion of 54 nonstop routes to and from US airports.
Additionally, the supply of daily scheduled seats departing US airports (US and foreign airlines) grew 3.9% from 2015 to 2016 and is currently showing 4.1% growth between 2016 and 2017.
Operating revenues fell 1% as 5.2% lower airfare offset the 3.1% growth in passenger traffic. Operating expenses rose 0.9% as airlines continued to invest in their workforce and take on additional labor costs, which grew 9.3% year-over-year. Lower fuel costs, which were down 17% year-over-year, were offset by the increases in all other cost categories.
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