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News and Statistical Releases

September 8, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. Airline July 2020 Passengers Decrease 73% from July 2019 but Rise 30% from June 2020 (Preliminary)

U.S. airlines carried 73% fewer scheduled service passengers in July 2020 than in July 2019, according to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 18 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers. Despite the large annual drop from pre-pandemic numbers a year earlier (see graphic), when compared to the previous month U.S. airlines carried 30% more passengers in July 2020 than in June 2020.

September 2, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

U.S. Airlines July 2020 Fuel Use Up 37% from June

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

Fuel consumed by U.S. airlines scheduled service: July 2019  1.7 billion gallons,  June 2020  558 million gallons,  July 2020   763 million gallons

August 25, 2020

Topic: Freight

June 2020 North American Transborder Freight Up 46% from May 2020

Transborder freight between the U.S. and other North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in June 2020:

  • Total Transborder freight: $82.1 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 46.3% compared to May 2020 and up 41.2% from April 2020.
  • Transborder freight value in June was down 20.9% compared to June 2019.
  • Most-used mode: Trucks moved $56.5 billion of freight, up 44.2% compared to May 2020, down 13.9% compared to June 2019.
  • Second most-used mode: Railways moved $11.2 billion of freight, up 105% compared to May 2020, down 28.9% compared to June 2019.

August 21, 2020

Topic: Performance and operations

Air Travel Consumer Report: May 2020 Numbers

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

 

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, contributing to airlines’ on-time performance and cancellation statistics in May 2020.

August 19, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

Mid-June 2020 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Down Over 1,000 FTEs from Mid-May

The 23 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.3% fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-June 2020 than in mid-May 2020:

  • Mid-June’s total number of FTEs (410,594) was down over 1,000 FTEs from mid-May 2020 (411,817 FTEs) and down more than 49,000 FTEs from mid-March 2020. It was the lowest FTE total for any month since May 2016 (410,338 FTEs).
  • Mid-June 2020 FTEs were down more than 39,000 FTEs (-8.7%) from June 2019 (449,775 FTEs).  

August 18, 2020

Topic: Freight

Air Cargo Down 5% Between the U.S. and Foreign Points, June 2020 (Preliminary)

U.S. and foreign airlines carried 5% less cargo by weight between the U.S. and foreign points in June 2020 than in June 2019, despite a rise of almost 11% in cargo between the U.S. and Asia, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by large air carriers. June’s decline was smaller than year-over-year decreases in March (down 17%), April (down 16%) and May (down 14%).

August 13, 2020

May 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried 8.4 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in May 2020, unadjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), down 89.6% from May 2019.

August 13, 2020

Topic: Freight

Annual Rise in U.S. Airlines June Cargo (Over 9%) Largest Increase Since January 2018

U.S. airlines carried 9.4% more cargo by weight in June 2020 than in June 2019, the largest annual gain since January 2018 fueled by a gain of almost 14% in domestic cargo. A 3.6% decline in international cargo was the smallest annual loss since November 2019, according to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 13 of the leading cargo airlines.

 

The 13 airlines carry more than 90% 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.

August 12, 2020

Topic: Freight

June 2020 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI)

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.9% in June from May, rising for the second consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). From June 2019 to June 2020, the index fell 7.6% compared to a rise of 1.2% from June 2018 to June 2019 and a rise of 8.7% from June 2017 to June 2018 (Tables 1, 2, and 2A).

August 10, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. Airline June 2020 Passengers Decrease 80% from June 2019 but Rise 93% from May 2020 (Preliminary)

U.S. airlines carried 80% fewer scheduled service passengers in June 2020 than in June 2019, according to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 20 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers. Despite the large annual drop from pre-pandemic numbers a year earlier (see graphic), when compared to the previous month U.S. airlines carried almost twice as many passengers (93% more) in June 2020 than in May 2020.

 

The 80% decline was less than the annual decrease than in both April (96%) or May (90%).