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 2012, U.S. airlines carried 16% more passengers and cargo than in 2000, while using two billion fewer gallons of fuel
Domestically, airlines drive 5% of economic activity but account for 2% of man-made GHG emissions
From 1978-2012, U.S. airlines improved fuel efficiency approximately 120%
From 1975-2012, U.S. airlines and their partners reduced significant noise exposure by 95%
Commercial air travel is the safest form of intercity transportation in the United States
From 2008 - 2012, scheduled air service on U.S. airlines was 42 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 13%
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 $39.4B, driving a $4.7B 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
If the U.S. airline industry is to add jobs to our nation’s workforce, these policies – which require both sound legislative and regulatory judgments – must become reality. We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted by exhausted arguments about reauthorization: assuring a strong, financially viable U.S. airline industry must be a clear, overriding goal of the legislation. The Department of Transportation’s recently concluded Future of Aviation Advisory Committee showed that there is broad recognition throughout the aviation community of the need to have such a blueprint.
As legislative and regulatory policies are formulated, the unprecedented adversity that the U.S. airline industry experienced in the last decade must be kept in mind. Among the events that the industry experienced were 9/11; airline bankruptcies and subsequent restructurings; volatile and rising fuel costs – jet-fuel prices today are 4.5 times higher than their 1991-2000 average; the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression; and worsening operational and air-travel experiences because of the increasingly obsolescent air traffic control system.
Reauthorization legislation that accelerates the delivery of satellite-based air traffic control services will improve the air traveler’s experience and make air travel safer. It is indispensable if we are to avoid system gridlock and meet the expanding demands of passengers and shippers.