Commercial aviation helps drive more than 10M American jobs and 5 cents of every dollar of U.S. GDP
Commercial aviation drives more than $1 trillion per year in economic activity
In 2012, U.S. airlines moved more than 48,000 tons of cargo per day
In 2012, the value of a kilogram of U.S. merchandise exported by air averaged 121 times the value exported by sea
For every 100 airline jobs, some 360 are supported outside of the airline industry
Federal taxes constitute $61 – or 20% – of the price of a typical $300 domestic round-trip ticket
In 2011, U.S. airlines carried 16 percent more passengers and cargo using 10 percent less fuel than in 2000
Domestically, airlines drive 5% of economic activity but account for 2% of man-made GHG emissions
From 2000-2011, airlines reduced GHG emissions by 11% while transporting 16% more passengers and cargo
From 1975-2011, U.S. airlines and their partners reduced significant noise exposure by 99%
Commercial air travel is the safest form of intercity transportation in the United States
In the most recent decade, scheduled air service on U.S. airlines was seven times safer than in the 1970s
From 2000-2012, U.S. airlines improved the on-time arrival rate from 72.6% to 81.9%
From 2000-2012, U.S. airlines reduced the flight cancellation rate sharply from 3.30% to 1.29%
Airfares are a bargain: From 2000-2012, U.S. CPI rose 33% while average domestic fare rose just 14%
Adjusted for inflation, the average round-trip domestic airfare fell 15% from 2000
2007 domestic flight delays cost the United States approximately $31 billion
In 2012, the value of U.S. merchandise exported by air reached an all-time high of $427B
In 2012, U.S. exports of air-travel services reached an all-time high of $39.5B, driving a $5.1B trade surplus
In 2012, U.S. passenger and cargo airlines spent more than $50B on fuel, averaging 36% of operating expenses
In 2012, U.S. airlines posted the lowest annual rate of mishandled baggage ever recorded
FAA projects U.S. air travel demand to top 1 billion passengers in 2027
In 2012, US airlines flew 83.4 million passengers in scheduled international service - a record high
In 2012, the total value of merchandise exported from or imported to the United States by air exceeded $927 billion
In 2012, 7.15 teragrams of merchandise was exported from or imported to the United States by air
Congress deregulated the domestic airline industry in 1978 to unlock its value to the American public. Congress recognized that removing the strait-jacket of government regulation and allowing airlines to operate competitively like other businesses would make air transportation services affordable for consumers as well as foster innovation and efficiency for businesses.
Congress was right. Passenger and cargo airline services are a tremendous value for American businesses and consumers; they enable the U.S. economy. From 1990 to 2011, real domestic fares fell 31 percent. In contrast, taxes increased 38 percent. (Slide 1). Business travel and cargo movements have grown dramatically, and air service is the favored method of transporting valuable exports. In 2011, the value of U.S. exports by air was 117 times the value of exports transported by sea. (Slide 2). Commercial aviation has grown to become one of the most important drivers of U.S. GDP (Slide 3). Today, U.S. airlines carry approximately 2 million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo daily on approximately 28,000 flights.
Foreign carriers will not directly serve smaller U.S. markets. They will cherry pick profitable cities and rely on others to provide connectivity, at whatever cost, across the rest of the country. That is not good for American businesses or consumers.
The U.S. network carriers have a vested interest. Their business model accommodates connecting every part of the country with the revenues from the more profitable segments subsidizing the much less profitable, smaller communities. To continue to provide such service, U.S. carriers need a more rational, normalized business environment, with less government interference, and with a fair tax and fee structure. Our airlines want to compete head to head with their international competitors but on a more level playing field.