Does it seem like commercial flights are becoming more and more crowded? Based upon published industry data, commercial flights are indeed more crowded than ever.
Recent Passenger Load Factors
Capacity utilization in the airline industry is measured by “passenger load factor”, or simply “load factor”, which is revenue passenger miles divided by passenger seat miles. For U.S. airlines, the passenger load factor for 2014 was 84.6% for domestic flights, 81.1% for international flights, and 83.5% overall. For 2014, the load factors for selected U.S. airlines are listed below. [···]