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News and Statistical Releases

November 12, 2020

Topic: Freight

September 2020 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 0.8% from August

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.8% in September from August, rising after a one-month decline, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). From September 2019 to September 2020, the index fell 3.9% compared to a decline of 0.1% from September 2018 to September 2019 and a rise of 7.2% from September 2017 to September 2018 (Tables 1, 2, and 2A).

November 12, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. Airlines September 2020 Passengers Decreased 65% from September 2019 (Preliminary)

 

U.S. airlines carried 65% fewer scheduled service passengers in September 2020 than in September 2019 (preliminary), according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 23 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers. The 65% decline from September 2019 was the smallest annual decrease since March.

 

The large airlines carried 25.1 million passengers in September 2020 (preliminary), compared to 71.5 million passengers on all U.S. airlines in September 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.

November 10, 2020

Topic: Freight

U.S. Airlines Carried 19% More Cargo in September 2020 than in September 2019

U.S. airlines carried 19% more cargo by weight in September 2020 (preliminary) than in September 2019. The rise was fueled by a gain of 22% in domestic cargo and a 10% rise 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.

November 4, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

U.S. Airlines September 2020 Fuel Use Down 9% from August

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

October 28, 2020

Topic: Freight

August 2020 North American Transborder Freight Up 3% from July 2020

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

Total Transborder freight: $93.4 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 2.7% compared to July 2020 and up 13.9% from June 2020. Transborder freight value in August was down 11.1% compared to August 2019. Most-used mode: Trucks moved $60.9 billion of freight, up 0.2% compared to July 2020, down 7.9% compared to August 2019. Second most-used mode: Railways moved $13.8 billion of freight, up 7.2% compared to July 2020, down 14.3% compared to August 2019.

October 28, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

Second Quarter 2020 Air Fare Drops to New Low as Passenger Numbers Decline

U.S. domestic air fares declined in the second quarter of 2020 to $259, the lowest inflation-adjusted quarterly air fare in Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) records dating back to 1995. The previous low was $334 in the first quarter of 2020. 

October 28, 2020

Topic: Energy and environment

U.S. International Air Cargo Fell 6% in August 2020 from August 2019 while U.S.-Asia Cargo Rose 11% (Preliminary)

U.S. and foreign airlines carried 5.9% less cargo by weight (preliminary) between the U.S. and foreign points in August 2020 than in August 2019, despite a 10.5% rise in cargo between the U.S. and Asia, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 33 large air carriers. The decline in August was larger than the 3.8% (revised) drop from July 2019 to July 2020.

 

 

October 23, 2020

National Transportation Atlas Database Fall 2020 Update

Friday, October 23, 2020 - The Fall 2020 update to the National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD) was released today with 11 updated datasets.

 

NTAD is a Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) compilation of geospatial datasets representing the nation’s transportation infrastructure, containing roadways, railways, waterways, and airports.

October 23, 2020

Air Travel Consumer Report: July 2020 Numbers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its September 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of July 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 July 2020.

October 21, 2020

Mid-August 2020 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Down 4,000 FTEs from Mid-July

The 23 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 1.0 % fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-August 2020 than in mid-July 2020:Mid-August’s total number of FTEs (411,176) was down 4,000 FTEs from mid-July 2020 (415,154 FTEs) and down nearly 49,000 FTEs from mid-March 2020. August 2020 was the lowest FTE total for any August since 2015 (397,007 FTEs). Mid-August 2020 FTEs were down more than 38,000 FTEs, down 8.5%, from mid-August 2019 (449,550 FTEs).