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News and Statistical Releases

February 25, 2021

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

Air Travel Consumer Report: December 2020, Full Year 2020 Numbers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its February 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of December 2020 and calendar year 2020. The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer.  

February 18, 2021

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

Mid-December 2020 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Up Nearly 13,000 FTEs from Mid-November

The 17 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 3.4% more full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-December 2020 than in mid-November 2020: Mid-December’s total number of FTEs (379,302) was up 12,552 from mid-November (366,750 FTEs) and down 80,731 from mid-March 2020 (460,033). December was the lowest FTE total for the month of December in Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) records dating from January 1990. The previous record low for December was in 2009 (379,698). Mid-December FTEs were down 76,264, a 16.7% drop from mid-December 2019 (455,566).

February 17, 2021

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

U.S. Airlines Carried 17% More Cargo in December 2020 than in December 2019

U.S. airlines carried 17% more cargo by weight in December 2020 (preliminary) than in December 2019.  The rise was fueled by gains of 16% in domestic cargo and 20% in international cargo, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 15 of the leading U.S. cargo airlines. The 15 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.

February 16, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel

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

U.S. airlines carried 62% fewer scheduled service passengers in December 2020 than in December 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 December 2019 was slightly larger than the 61% year-to-year decline from November 2019 to November 2020.

February 11, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel

November 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried 29.7 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in November 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), up 1.1% from October. Of the total, 26.9 million were domestic passengers and 2.9 million were international passengers on U.S. airlines flights.

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.