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News and Statistical Releases

January 15, 2021

Topic: Freight
Port Performance Freight Statistics in 2019, Annual Report to Congress 2020, a congressionally-mandated report, is now available from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). This edition is the fifth annual report from the BTS Port Performance Freight Statistics Program established by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) of 2015.

January 15, 2021

Topic: Transportation general
The Winter 2021 update to the National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD) was released today with two new datasets and six 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.

January 15, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel, Topic: Performance and operations
The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its January 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of November 2020.  The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer.

January 15, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. airlines carried 29.4 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in October 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), up 8.4% from September. BTS reported 27.2 million domestic passengers and 2.2 million international passengers on U.S. airlines flights in October.

January 14, 2021

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

The 20 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.4% fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-November 2020 than in mid-October 2020:

Mid-November’s total number of FTEs (366,750) was down 1,412 from mid-October 2020 (368,162 FTEs) and down 93,283 from mid-March 2020 (460,033). November was the lowest FTE total for any month in Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) records dating from January 1990. The previous low was April 2010 (376,663).  

Mid-November FTEs were down over 87,500, a 19.3% drop from mid-November 2019 (454,283).

January 14, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Freight
U.S. airlines carried 12% more cargo by weight in November 2020 (preliminary) than in November 2019.  The rise was fueled by gains of 13% in domestic cargo and 10% in international cargo, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 14 of the leading U.S. cargo airlines. The 14 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.

January 13, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Freight
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, fell 0.1% in November from October, falling slightly after two consecutive monthly increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS).  From November 2019 to November 2020 the index fell 3.8% compared to a decline of 0.9% from November 2018 to November 2019 and a rise of 5.8% from November 2017 to November 2018 (Tables 1, 2, and 2A).

January 12, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel
U.S. airlines carried 61% fewer scheduled service passengers in November 2020 than in November 2019 (preliminary), according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 21 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers. The 61% decline from November 2019 was the smallest year-to-year decrease since March.

January 7, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
U.S. airlines employed 678,287 workers in the middle of November 2020, 5,000 more than in mid-October 2020 but almost 77,000 fewer than in March 2020. The November numbers consist of 565,281 full-time and 113,006 part-time workers.

January 7, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Freight
Transborder freight between the U.S. and North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in October 2020: Total Transborder freight: $102.1 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 5.8% compared to September 2020 and down 4.7% compared to October 2019. Most-used mode: Trucks moved $67.8 billion of freight, up 6.9% compared to September 2020, down 0.6% compared to October 2019. Second most-used mode: Railways moved $14.5 billion of freight, up 5.0% compared to September 2020, down 0.4% compared to October 2019.