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News and Statistical Releases

February 10, 2021

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

December 2020 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) Rose to Highest Level since Start of Pandemic

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 2.7% in December from November, rising to the highest level since the start of the pandemic, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS).  The index reached the level of 136.3, the highest level since 136.9 in January 2020.

February 9, 2021

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

Mid-December Airline Industry Employment Up 16,000 Employees from Mid-November

U.S. airlines employed 694,638 workers in the middle of December 2020, 16,351 more than in mid-November 2020 (678,287) but 60,389 fewer than in March 2020. The December total was the highest since September (702,068) before the expiration of the CARES Act which prohibited layoffs by airlines receiving funds.

February 3, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Energy and environment

U.S. Airlines December 2020 Fuel Use Up 9% from November

U.S. airlines’ December 2020 fuel consumption was 8.7% higher than November 2020, and more than double April 2020. April was the lowest monthly fuel usage on record (447M gallons), dating back to 2000. December 2020 fuel consumption was down 63% from December 2019.

January 28, 2021

Topic: Freight

North American Transborder Freight down 6.1% in November 2020 from October

Transborder freight between the U.S. and North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in November 2020. Total Transborder freight: $95.9 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, down 6.1% compared to October 2020 and down 3.2% compared to November 2019. Most-used mode: Trucks moved $62.7 billion of freight, down 7.5% compared to October 2020, up 0.1% compared to November 2019. Second most-used mode: Railways moved $13.9 billion of freight, down 3.7% compared to October 2020, down 0.8% compared to November 2019.

January 19, 2021

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

Third Quarter 2020 Air Fare Drops to New Low as Passenger Numbers Decline

The average U.S. domestic air fare declined in the third quarter of 2020 to $245, the lowest inflation-adjusted average quarterly air fare in Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) records dating back to 1995. The previous low was $262 in the second quarter of 2020. 

January 15, 2021

Topic: Freight

Port Performance Freight Statistics Annual Report

Port Performance Freight Statistics in 2019, Annual Report to Congress 2020, a congressionally-mandated report, is now available from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). This edition is the fifth annual report from the BTS Port Performance Freight Statistics Program established by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) of 2015.

January 15, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel

October 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried 29.4 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in October 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), up 8.4% from September. BTS reported 27.2 million domestic passengers and 2.2 million international passengers on U.S. airlines flights in October.

January 15, 2021

Topic: Transportation general

National Transportation Atlas Database Winter 2021 Update

The Winter 2021 update to the National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD) was released today with two new datasets and six updated datasets. NTAD is a Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) compilation of geospatial datasets representing the nation’s transportation infrastructure, containing roadways, railways, waterways, and airports.

January 15, 2021

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

Air Travel Consumer Report: November 2020 Numbers

The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its January 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of November 2020.  The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer.

January 14, 2021

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

Mid-November 2020 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Down More Than 1,400 FTEs from Mid-October

The 20 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.4% fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-November 2020 than in mid-October 2020:

Mid-November’s total number of FTEs (366,750) was down 1,412 from mid-October 2020 (368,162 FTEs) and down 93,283 from mid-March 2020 (460,033). November was the lowest FTE total for any month in Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) records dating from January 1990. The previous low was April 2010 (376,663).  

Mid-November FTEs were down over 87,500, a 19.3% drop from mid-November 2019 (454,283).