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News and Statistical Releases

January 14, 2021

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

U.S. Airlines Carried 12% More Cargo in November 2020

U.S. airlines carried 12% more cargo by weight in November 2020 (preliminary) than in November 2019.  The rise was fueled by gains of 13% in domestic cargo and 10% in international cargo, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 14 of the leading U.S. cargo airlines. The 14 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.

January 13, 2021

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

November 2020 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) Fell Slightly

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, fell 0.1% in November from October, falling slightly after two consecutive monthly increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS).  From November 2019 to November 2020 the index fell 3.8% compared to a decline of 0.9% from November 2018 to November 2019 and a rise of 5.8% from November 2017 to November 2018 (Tables 1, 2, and 2A).

January 12, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. Airlines November 2020 Passengers Decreased 61% from November 2019 (Preliminary)

U.S. airlines carried 61% fewer scheduled service passengers in November 2020 than in November 2019 (preliminary), according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 21 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers. The 61% decline from November 2019 was the smallest year-to-year decrease since March.

January 7, 2021

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

Mid-November Airline Employment Up 5,000 from Mid-October

U.S. airlines employed 678,287 workers in the middle of November 2020, 5,000 more than in mid-October 2020 but almost 77,000 fewer than in March 2020. The November numbers consist of 565,281 full-time and 113,006 part-time workers.

January 7, 2021

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

October 2020 North American Transborder Freight Up 6% from September 2020

Transborder freight between the U.S. and North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in October 2020: Total Transborder freight: $102.1 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 5.8% compared to September 2020 and down 4.7% compared to October 2019. Most-used mode: Trucks moved $67.8 billion of freight, up 6.9% compared to September 2020, down 0.6% compared to October 2019. Second most-used mode: Railways moved $14.5 billion of freight, up 5.0% compared to September 2020, down 0.4% compared to October 2019.

January 6, 2021

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

U.S. Airlines November 2020 Fuel Use Up 5% from October

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released U.S. airlines’ November Fuel Cost and Consumption numbers.

December 23, 2020

Transportation Statistics Annual Report 2020

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 – The 26th edition of the  Transportation Statistics Annual Report (TSAR), a congressionally-mandated report, is now available from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). TSAR 2020 presents key transportation indicators along with an overview of the transportation system. It also includes data and statistics on passenger travel, freight movement, transportation and the economy, system reliability, safety, and energy use and environmental impacts of transportation.

December 18, 2020

Topic: Performance and operations

Air Travel Consumer Report: October 2020 Numbers

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

December 11, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

Post-CARES Act: U.S. Passenger Airlines Drop Nearly 37,000 Jobs in October 2020 from September

Airlines receiving funds under the CARES Act were prohibited from layoffs or furloughs until Sept. 30. The 22 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 9.1% fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-October 2020 than in mid-September 2020:

 

December 11, 2020

Topic: Performance and operations

Air Travel Consumer Report: September 2020 and 3rd Quarter 2020 Numbers

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