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FAA Forecasts Regional Carrier Enplanements To Reach 295.9 Million By 2031 

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February 16, 2011

Washington, DC—Regional carrier enplanements are forecast to increase 3.4% to 170.0 million in 2011, and continue to grow 2.8% annually reaching 295.9 million by 2031, the FAA released during its recent 36th Annual Aviation Forecast Conference in Washington, D.C.  Regional carrier RPMs are expected to increase 4.3% in 2011 and continue to rise at an average annual rate of 4.1% for the remaining 20 years of the forecast period.

RAA President Roger Cohen participated in the opening day panel titled “Where do airlines go from here—What will the future airline look like?”  Covering a range of current issues challenging the airline industry, the panel discussed the effects of ancillary revenues, FAA reauthorization, slot-controlled airports and passenger facility charges.  When asked how the increased regulatory environment has affected the regional airline industry, Cohen underlined that "rules should be clear, and applied consistently across the country--that's most important for nationwide network airlines."  

Today’s regional airlines serve nearly 160 million passengers annually and play a more critical role than ever before, with one of every four airline passengers on a regional and 75% of US communities reliant on regional airlines exclusively for all their scheduled service.
Click here to view video of this FAA panel.
Click here to read the FAA Forecast Fact Sheet for fiscal years 2011-2031.

With safety as its highest priority, RAA represents North American regional airlines, and the manufacturers of products and services supporting the regional airline industry, before the Congress, DOT, FAA and other federal agencies.

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