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News and Statistical Releases

September 20, 2021

Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. airlines carried 61.4 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in June 2021, seasonally adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The airlines carried 10.9% more passengers, seasonally adjusted, in June of this year than in May and 302% more than in June 2020, but 20% fewer than in pre-pandemic June 2019.

September 20, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

The 23 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.1% more full-time equivalents (FTEs) in July 2021 than in June 2021:

July’s total number of FTEs (402,561) was up 8,263 from June (394,298) and down 54,699, a 12.0% drop from the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 (457,260) and a 10.5% drop from the most recent...

September 16, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel
U.S. airlines carried 207% more scheduled service passengers in July 2021 than in July 2020 (preliminary) but 15% fewer passengers than in pre-pandemic July 2019, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 24 airlines that carry more than 90% of passengers.

September 15, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
U.S. scheduled passenger airlines reported a second-quarter 2021 after-tax net profit of $1.0 billion despite a pre-tax operating loss of $3.6 billion. The second-quarter results represent the first quarterly profit since the fourth quarter of 2019, the last quarter before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

September 9, 2021

Topic: Freight

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, fell 1.6% in July from June, falling for the third consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). From July 2020 to July 2021 the index rose 0.5 percent compared to a decline of 4.6 percent from July 2019 to July 2020 and an increase of 2.9 percent from July 2018 to July 2019 (Tables 1, 2, and 2A)....

September 8, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
U.S. airlines employed 715,312 workers in July 2021, which is 0.8% (5,634) more workers than in June 2021, but 3.7% (27,728) fewer than in pre-pandemic July 2019. The July industry numbers consist of 607,805 full-time and 107,507 part-time workers, an increase from June of 8,755 full-time and a decrease of 3,121 part-time workers.

September 7, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
The unemployment rate in the U.S. transportation sector was 6.4 percent (not seasonally adjusted) in August 2021 according to Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The August 2021 rate was down more than 50% from August 2020’s 13 percent but remains above the 4.8 percent rate in pre-pandemic August 2019. To date, the transportation unemployment rate peak during the COVID-19 pandemic is 15.7 percent set in both May and July 2020.

September 2, 2021

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released U.S. airlines’ June Fuel Cost and Consumption numbers. U.S. airlines used 9.6% more fuel in July 2021 (1.35 billion gallons) than in June 2021. The cost per gallon ($1.99) was down from June.

August 31, 2021

Topic: Passenger travel

Ridership on six of the nation's largest docked bikeshare systems increased over 2019 and 2020 during the four months from  April through July 2021 according to updated data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released on its Bikeshare and E-scooters in the U.S. dashboard. As of June 2021, 66 docked bikeshare systems open to the general public operated 7,386 docking stations in the U.S.

August 27, 2021

BTS today released its monthly update to  National Transportation Statistics (NTS),  a guide to historical transportation trends at the national level.

This month’s featured table, Age and Availability of Amtrak Locomotive and Car Fleets is part of the NTS section on the condition of the transportation system.