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News and Statistical Releases

March 18, 2021

Topic: Passenger travel

Passengers on All 2020 U.S.-Based Flights Down 62% from 2019

U.S. airlines and foreign airlines serving the U.S. carried 398 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in 2020, 62% fewer than in 2019 when the record high of 1.1 billion annual passengers was reached.

March 18, 2021

Topic: Freight

U.S. Airlines Carried 13% More Cargo in January 2021 than January 2020

U.S. airlines carried 13% more cargo by weight in January 2021 (preliminary) than in January 2020.  The rise was fueled by gains of 12% in domestic cargo and 15% in international cargo, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 14 of the leading U.S. cargo airlines.

March 17, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

Mid-January 2021 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Up Nearly 19,000 FTEs from Mid-December

The 22 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 4.9% more full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-January 2021 than in mid-December 2020:

  • Mid-January’s total number of FTEs (397,999) was up 18,697 from...

March 12, 2021

Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. Airlines January 2021 Passengers Decreased 63% from January 2020 (Preliminary)

U.S. airlines carried 63% fewer scheduled service passengers in January 2021 (preliminary) than in January 2020, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 20 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers.

The large airlines carried 25.8...

March 11, 2021

Topic: Passenger travel

Full Year 2020 and December 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried 557 million fewer passengers in 2020 than in 2019, down 60% year-to-year. For the full year 2020, January through December, U.S. airlines carried 369 million passengers (unadjusted) down from 927 million in 2019 and 889 million in 2018. Passenger traffic in 2020 was the lowest on U.S. airlines since the mid-1980s.

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.