Do you ever have the feeling that airplanes are fuller than ever? Then you're right! The impressive statistics reveal how the number of flights has decreased, but the number of passengers has increased
- The number of passengers on US domestic flights UU It increased to 741 million last year
- This was 647 million passengers who took a domestic flight in the United States in 2005
- But in those 12 years, the number of flights operated fell by 18.5 percent
Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
If you have the feeling that the airplanes seem to be fuller than they used to be, then you are right.
Stunning statistics from the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics UU They reveal that in 2017 there were 741 million passengers of national record flights in the United States, compared to 647 million in 2005.
However, at that time, the number of flights operated decreased by 18.5 percent and the average number of passengers on a domestic flight since 2007 has increased from 69 to 91.
The figures show that, although the number of airline passengers has increased, the number of flights has decreased
The decrease in the number of flights is attributed to airlines that want to reduce costs and increase revenues through the use of larger aircraft and configurations that allow more seats, an airline industry practice known as & # 39; upgauging & # 39;
Seth Kaplan, managing partner of the Airline Weekly newsletter, told Travel Weekly: "Cost-side economics always favors a larger plane.
& # 39; The additional improvement also saves on engine maintenance and airport fees. There are only powerful incentives to try to get more seats per flight. "
To pack more passengers on many airlines, additional rows have been added to the planes.
For example, in 2007, Southwest Airlines 737 aircraft would carry 137 passengers, but now the aircraft has been reconfigured to accommodate 143 passengers.
The decrease in the number of flights is attributed to airlines that want to reduce costs and increase revenues through the use of larger aircraft and configurations that allow more seats.
It is reported that JetBlue is adding two additional rows to its A320 aircraft, increasing the number of passengers from 150 to 162.
In addition, in the mid-1990s, the standard seat on a 777 aircraft had nine seats and it is now not uncommon to see 10 seats in a row.
In addition, much larger aircraft have been introduced to the market, such as the A380 jumbo jet, which can transport 853 people in a single class cabin.
But the economy of the A380 has been discouraging, as airlines have to operate all flights at full capacity for profit and the plane can only land at certain airports.
Earlier this year, Airbus came close to ruling out A380 production until the Emirates airline in Dubai placed a large order for new models.