All safety, efficiency and economic indicators show that air travel in the United States is strong, according to the FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years (FY) 2019-2039. With aircraft operations expected to increase more than 25 percent over the next 20 years, the FAA is advancing major airspace modernization and infrastructure improvements to meet this tremendous projected growth.
The FAA forecasts U.S. airline enplanements (passengers) will increase from 743.9 million in 2017 to 780.8 million in 2018, a 5.0 percent increase. Enplanements for domestic mainline carriers, which primarily use aircraft with 90 or more seats, increased 5.4 percent while domestic enplanements for regional carriers, which primarily use aircraft with 89 or less seats, increased 3.4 percent. International enplanements are expected to increase from 9.6 million in 2017 to 99.6 million in 2018, a 2.8 percent increase. Mainline carrier international enplanements were up 2.9 percent while regional international enplanements decreased 1.8 percent. READ MORE (FAA)