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News and Statistical Releases

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.

November 20, 2020

September 2020 North American Transborder Freight Up 3.2% from August 2020

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

Total Transborder freight: $96.4 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 3.2% compared to August 2020 and up 6.0% from July 2020.

Transborder freight value in September was down 4.9% compared to September 2019.

Most-used mode: Trucks moved $63.5 billion of freight, up 4.3% compared to August 2020, down 0.8% compared to September 2019.

Second most-used mode: Railways moved $13.8 billion of freight, down 0.3% compared to August 2020, down 6.9% compared to September 2019.

November 18, 2020

Under a Quarter of Population Exposed to Office-Type Transportation Noise

Fewer than one-fourth of the 2018 U.S. population was potentially exposed to aviation and road noise, ranging from the equivalent of what people normally experience in offices at the low end (10% of population exposed) to a lawn mower or garbage disposal at the high end (0.1% exposure), according to the updated interactive National Transportation Noise Map released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).


November 16, 2020

Mid-September 2020 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Down More Than 6,000 FTEs from Mid-August

The 23 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 1.5% fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-September 2020 than in mid-August 2020:

Mid-September’s total number of FTEs (404,869) was down 6,307 FTEs from mid-August 2020 (411,176 FTEs) and down 56,728 FTEs from mid-March 2020. Mid-September was the lowest FTE total for any month since February 2016 (403,917 FTEs).

Mid-September FTEs were down more than 47,000 FTEs, a 10.5% drop from mid-September 2019 (452,138 FTEs).  

November 13, 2020

Air Travel Consumer Report: August 2020 Numbers

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


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 August 2020.

November 13, 2020

August 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried 23.7 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in August 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), up 11.8% from July.


BTS is withholding the scheduled release of estimated traffic data for September and October because the statistical forecasts are based on previous trends and do not account for the impact of the coronavirus.