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 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 $39.5B, 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
We want to continue to work closely with Congress and the TSA to ensure implementation of the best possible policies to promote commerce and travel while ensuring a secure aviation system.
ATA members understand that security measures are a necessary factor in keeping Americans safe from another terrorist attack. The Christmas Day plot in 2009 and the October 2010 cargo plot highlight the fact that aviation is still a terrorist target. However, experience has demonstrated that increased security and facilitation of travel and cargo are not mutually exclusive. Smart investments and policies can make aviation security more effective and efficient and, in turn, enhance travel and trade, thereby benefiting the traveling and shipping public and our economy.
Risk-based analysis is a widely accepted approach. The 9/11 Commission, for example, advocated thorough, risk-based analysis in evaluating aviation-security issues. In its final report, the Commission stated:
Deploying Effective Technology and Personnel
Given the number of passengers and the volume of cargo that airlines transport, technology is an indispensable element in effective and efficient screening. Such technology must perform its screening function in a way that does not disrupt that carriage by air. Our concern is not parochial: our economy is dependent upon the speed and efficiency of air transportation.
In late 2010, DHS announced more extensive deployment of Advanced Imaging Technology screening equipment. According to DHS, there are 486 AIT machines deployed at 78 airports. The President’s FY 2012 budget request indicates that the Administration plans to continue their deployment and asks for funding for 1,500 scanners and 535 associated personnel. We encourage the deployment of effective and necessary technology and particularly the Automated Target Recognition software for the body-imaging machines that will only display a person’s body outline while identifying an area that needs to be resolved.