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News and Statistical Releases

March 9, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

Mid-January Airline Industry Employment Up 19,311 Employees from Mid-December

U.S. airlines employed 713,949 workers in the middle of January 2021, 19,311 more than in mid-December 2020 (694,638) but 41,078 fewer than in March 2020 (755,027). The January total was the highest since April (716,693).

March 8, 2021

Topic: Freight

Annual North American Transborder Freight down 13% in 2020 from 2019

Transborder freight between the U.S. and other North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in 2020: Total Transborder freight: $1.06 trillion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, down 13.3% from 2019. ...

March 3, 2021

Topic: Performance and operations

U.S. Airlines January 2021 Fuel Use Down 8% from December 2020

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released U.S. airlines’ January Fuel Cost and Consumption numbers. U.S. airlines’ January 2021 fuel consumption was 8.1% lower than December 2020, and almost double consumption in April 2020.

February 26, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Freight

New Freight Benchmark Shows Value, Weight of Goods Moved on America’s Transportation Network Rose Over a Five-Year Period

Goods moved on America’s transportation network rose in value and tonnage from 2012 to 2017, according to the latest version of the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF5), the most comprehensive publicly available dataset of freight movement, jointly released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

February 26, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Freight

North American Transborder Freight up 0.4% in December 2020 from December 2019

Transborder freight between the U.S. and North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in December 2020: Total Transborder freight: $96.8 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 0.9% compared to November 2020 and up 0.4% compared to December 2019. Most-used mode: Trucks moved $60.5 billion of freight, down 3.5% compared to November 2020, up 5.8% compared to December 2019. Second most-used mode: Railways moved $14.1 billion of freight, up 1.6% compared to November 2020, down 2.0% compared to December 2019.

February 25, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel, Topic: Performance and operations

Air Travel Consumer Report: December 2020, Full Year 2020 Numbers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its February 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of December 2020 and calendar year 2020. The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer.  

February 18, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Passenger travel

Mid-December 2020 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Up Nearly 13,000 FTEs from Mid-November

The 17 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 3.4% more full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-December 2020 than in mid-November 2020: Mid-December’s total number of FTEs (379,302) was up 12,552 from mid-November (366,750 FTEs) and down 80,731 from mid-March 2020 (460,033). December was the lowest FTE total for the month of December in Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) records dating from January 1990. The previous record low for December was in 2009 (379,698). Mid-December FTEs were down 76,264, a 16.7% drop from mid-December 2019 (455,566).

February 17, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Freight

U.S. Airlines Carried 17% More Cargo in December 2020 than in December 2019

U.S. airlines carried 17% more cargo by weight in December 2020 (preliminary) than in December 2019.  The rise was fueled by gains of 16% in domestic cargo and 20% in international cargo, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 15 of the leading U.S. cargo airlines. The 15 airlines carry 95% of the total cargo by weight on U.S. airlines. Cargo data consists of freight and mail carried within the U.S. and between the U.S. and foreign points.

February 16, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. Airlines December 2020 Passengers Decreased 62% from December 2019 (Preliminary)

U.S. airlines carried 62% fewer scheduled service passengers in December 2020 than in December 2019 (preliminary), according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 22 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers.  The 62% decline from December 2019 was slightly larger than the 61% year-to-year decline from November 2019 to November 2020.

February 11, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel

November 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried 29.7 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in November 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), up 1.1% from October. Of the total, 26.9 million were domestic passengers and 2.9 million were international passengers on U.S. airlines flights.