Despite recent controversies, the airline bumping rate is at its lowest in decades, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has said.
The DOT’s Aug. 2017 Air Travel Consumer Report reported that the 12 U.S. carriers who report involuntary denied boarding – or bumping – data posted the lowest January through June rate based on historical data dating back to 1995. The bumping rate of 0.52 per 10,000 passengers was down from the rate of 0.62 posted during the first six months of 2016.
For the second quarter of 2017, the carriers posted a bumping rate of 0.44 per 10,000 passengers, the lowest quarterly rate since the data collection began in 1995, and down from the rate of 0.62 posted in both the second quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.
Oversales data, unlike other air carrier data, are reported quarterly rather than monthly.