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News and Statistical Releases

December 10, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

September 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried 27.1 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in September 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), up 14.1% from August.

 

BTS reported 25.5 million domestic passengers and 1.6 million international passengers on U.S. airlines’ flights in September.

December 10, 2020

Topic: Freight

U.S. Airlines Carried 13% More Cargo in October 2020 than in October 2019

U.S. airlines carried 13% more cargo by weight in October 2020 (preliminary) than in October 2019. The rise was fueled by gains of 14% in domestic cargo and 9% 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.

December 10, 2020

Air Carrier Financial Statistics (Yellow Book)

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December 10, 2020

Air Carrier Industry Scheduled Service Traffic Stats (Blue Book)

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December 10, 2020

Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Green Book)

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December 9, 2020

Topic: Freight

October 2020 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) Rose Slightly

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.1% in October from September, rising for the second consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). From October 2019 to October 2020 the index fell 4.5% compared to a decline of 0.6% from October 2018 to October 2019 and a rise of 6.8% from October 2017 to October 2018 (Tables 1, 2, and 2A).

December 8, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

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

U.S. airlines carried 62% fewer scheduled service passengers in October 2020 than in October 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 October 2019 was the smallest year-to-year decrease since March.

 

The large airlines carried 29.9 million passengers in October 2020 (preliminary), compared to 78.3 million passengers in October 2019 and up from 3.0 million in April 2020, which was the lowest monthly total in BTS records dating back to 1974. The previous low was 14.6 million passengers in February 1975.

 

December 7, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

U.S. Airlines Report Third Quarter 2020 Losses

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines reported a third-quarter 2020 after-tax net loss of $11.8 billion and a pre-tax operating loss of $15.9 billion.

 

These third-quarter losses are the third consecutive quarterly losses following 27 consecutive quarterly after-tax net profits and 35 consecutive quarterly pre-tax operating profits. One year earlier, in the third quarter of 2019, the airlines reported an after-tax net profit of $4.6 billion and a pre-tax operating profit of $6.4 billion.

December 3, 2020

Mid-October Airline Employment Down 29,000 from Mid-September

U.S. airlines employed 673,278 workers in the middle of October 2020, 28,790 fewer than in mid-September 2020 and 81,749 fewer than in March 2020. The October numbers consist of 562,570 full-time and 110,708 part-time workers.

December 2, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

U.S. Airlines October 2020 Fuel Use Up 11% from September

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