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News and Statistical Releases

October 16, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

July 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried 21.2 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in July 2020, seasonally-adjusted, up 37.5% from June. BTS reported 20.3 million domestic passengers and 0.9 million international passengers on U.S. airlines flights in July.

October 15, 2020

Topic: Freight

U.S. Airlines Carried 6% More Cargo in August 2020 than August 2019

U.S. airlines carried 6% more cargo by weight in August 2020 (preliminary) than in August 2019. The rise was fueled by a gain of 8% in domestic cargo with a 1% rise in international cargo, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 13 of the leading cargo airlines.


The 13 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.

October 15, 2020

Topic: Freight

August 2020 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) Down 1.3% from July

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, fell 1.3% in August from revised July, declining after two months of increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). From August 2019 to August 2020, the index fell 7.4% compared to a rise of 3.9% from August 2018 to August 2019 and a rise of 5.7% from August 2017 to August 2018 (Tables 1, 2, and 2A).

October 9, 2020

U.S. Airline August 2020 Passengers Decreased 70% from August 2019 but Rose 2% from July 2020 (Preliminary)

U.S. airlines carried 70% fewer scheduled service passengers in August 2020 than in August 2019, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 21 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 2% more passengers in August 2020 than in July 2020.


The 70% decline from August 2019 was the smallest annual decrease since March.

October 7, 2020

U.S. Airlines August 2020 Fuel Use Up 5% from July

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



September 24, 2020

More Rail Tank Cars Meet New Safety Standards

Nearly half, 48%, of rail tank cars carrying Class 3 flammable liquids in 2019 met the new safety requirements, up from 33% in 2018, according to Fleet Composition of Rail Tank Cars Carrying Flammable Liquids: 2020 Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.


The report, measuring industry-wide progress in manufacturing and modifying rail tank cars that transport flammable liquids, has been submitted to Congress. This report tracks the transformation of the fleet carrying class 3 flammable liquids to be a fleet of DOT-117s, which meet new safety requirements. Currently some class 3 flammable liquids are carried in rail tank cars, such as DOT-111s, which have fewer safety features. It is expected that the transformation of the fleet will be complete by 2029.

September 23, 2020

Topic: Freight

July 2020 North American Transborder Freight Up 11% from June 2020

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


Total Transborder freight: $91.0 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 10.9% compared to June 2020 and up 62.2% from May 2020.

Transborder freight value in July was down 11.2% compared to July 2019.

Most-used mode: Trucks moved $60.7 billion of freight, up 7.5% compared to June 2020, down 4.9% compared to July 2019.

Second most-used mode: Railways moved $12.9 billion of freight, up 14.7% compared to June 2020, down 13.0% compared to July 2019.

September 18, 2020

Topic: Performance and operations

Air Travel Consumer Report: June 2020 and 2nd Quarter 2020 Numbers

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

September 17, 2020

Topic: Freight

U.S. International Air Cargo Rose Slightly in July 2020 from July 2019 (Preliminary)


U.S. and foreign airlines carried 0.4% more cargo by weight between the U.S. and foreign points in July 2020 than in July 2019, including a 19% rise in cargo between the U.S. and Asia, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by large air carriers. July’s 0.4% increase followed year-over-year decreases in March (down 17%), April (down 16%), May (down 14%) and June (down 10%).

September 15, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

Mid-July 2020 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Up 4,600 FTEs from Mid-June

The 23 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 1.1 % more full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-July 2020 than in mid-June 2020:

Mid-July’s total number of FTEs (415,154) was up 4,600 FTEs from mid-June 2020 (410,557 FTEs) and down nearly 45,000 FTEs from mid-March 2020. July 2020 was the lowest FTE total for any July since 2016 (413,746 FTEs).

Mid-July 2020 FTEs were down more than 34,000 FTEs, down 7.7%, from mid-July 2019 (449,907 FTEs).