In October 2018, marketing carriers posted an on-time arrival rate of 82.3 percent, up from the 81.9 percent on-time rate in September 2018. On-time numbers for marketing carriers were not reported in previous years.
U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.5 percent more workers in October 2018 than in October 2017
U.S. airlines carried an estimated 74.1 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers, seasonally-adjusted, in November 2018, virtually unchanged from the October estimate, according to a Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) first estimate.
AAA forecasts that more than one-third of Americans will travel this holiday season. The record-breaking 112.5 million travelers taking to the nation's runways, roads and rails for the year-end holidays represents a 4.4 percent increase over last year and the most since AAA has been tracking holiday travel.
IATA forecasts the global airline industry net profit to be $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018
U.S. Airlines Prepare to Accommodate Nearly 46 Million Passengers over the 18-Day Holiday Travel Period
After-tax net income $3.8 billion in 3Q 2018 (22nd consecutive quarterly after-tax net profit)
Expedia.com analyzed thousands of data points this year to identify the top trends in travel for 2018, and the results show that American travelers are increasingly interested in unique and novel experiences. Highlights from the report include the rise of secondary destinations like Chiang Mai, the Azores and Cartagena, and non-traditional lodging options such as tentalows and houseboats.
IATA announced global passenger traffic results for October showing that demand rose 6.3% compared to the same month last year.
Travel to and within the U.S. grew 3.2 percent year-over-year in October, according to the U.S. Travel Associations latest Travel Trends Index (TTI) marking the industrys 106th straight month of overall expansion. However, according to the Leading Travel Index (LTI), there is continued cause for concern looking ahead to the new year.