Total air traffic passengers traveling to/from the United States 2006-2020

Since 2006, the total number of air traffic passengers increased steadily. In 2019, it is estimated that the number of air passengers traveling to and from the U.S. will reach approximately 252 million travelers.

Passenger aviation in the U.S.

After the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. passenger aviation industry experienced a profound evolution. Between 2009 and 2019, the aviation industry in the U.S. experienced an increasing concentration amongst the leading airline operators. In 2019, there were 17 major air carriers in the U.S. On the other hand, between 2009 and 2018, passenger revenue generated by the U.S. airline industry increased exponentially, reaching over 139 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.

Size of U.S. aviation industry

Thanks to the efficiency-enhancing measures, major competing aviation firms provided a steady improvement in the aviation industry. Five out of the ten most profitable airlines worldwide are U.S.-based, indicating how large the aviation market in the U.S. is compared to the rest of the world. Besides this, the U.S. had the highest airport connectivity in 2019, reaching a score of 7.29 million.

Total number of air traffic passengers traveling to or from the United States from 2006 to 2020

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

2006 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* 2019 figure is estimated and 2020 figure is forecast.
U.S. and foreign flag air carriers.
The figures through 2015 are taken from a previous annual report.
The values prior to 2015 have been summed.

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