audidudi From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 259 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1591 times:
I am curious if there are any statistics available which show the most passengers carried in a single day by either of the two largest airlines in the world.........DL and UA. According to Wikipedia, in 2011 DL carried a total of 163,838,348 passengers, which is an average of 448,872 per day; in 2011 UA carried a total of 141,799,000 passengers, which is an average of 388,490 per day.
lightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 10682 posts, RR: 100 Reply 3, posted (8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1339 times:
Quoting mogandoCI (Reply 2): Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 1):
I don't know the numbers or which day to be exact, but the peak travel days every year with the highest passenger counts are Fridays in June, July, and August.
I thought the busiest traveling day of the year is always the Weds before Thanksgiving ?
Or the Sunday afterwards. At least for US domestic travel. Since we are talking two US based airlines, their peak day should happen on a peak domestic flight day.
I would be curious to know the peak numbers. Not for any one airline though... I would like to know the peak global travel.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 6872 posts, RR: 29 Reply 5, posted (8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
Quoting lightsaber (Reply 3): Or the Sunday afterwards. At least for US domestic travel. Since we are talking two US based airlines, their peak day should happen on a peak domestic flight day.
The busiest travel days being around Thanksgiving is a long standing myth that just is not true. In fact the Wednesday and Sunday around Thanksgiving generally do not break the top-20 busiest days of the year.
Airlines around Thanksgiving are generally running anywhere from 10-20% fewer flights than during the peak of the summer travel season. Yes, the flights that are being operated are full, but around Thanksgiving business travel falls off significantly and is really just replaced on those days by leisure travels going places for the holidays.
The summer is by far a busier travel period since there is strong demand on all fronts. Business travel is high, leisure travel peaks with schools out and summer vacations, Trans-Atlantic travel is at its peak too.
One of the reasons that Thanksgiving does not rank as high is because of the significant reduction in Trans-Atlantic demand and capacity. Look how many flights AA, DL, and UA do not operate after the end of October.
Historically the busest travel days of the year are around late June / early July, usually the days leading up to the 4th of July holiday weekend.
AADC10 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1834 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 880 times:
Quoting audidudi (Thread starter): I am curious if there are any statistics available which show the most passengers carried in a single day by either of the two largest airlines in the world
The volume peak was probably in the late 1990s. I believe that current overall traffic is still below that level and even post merger airlines might be below that level. DL might be larger now but even after the UA/CO merger, I think UA had a larger fleet in 1997. Of course back in those days the two largest airlines were UA and AA.