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July 14, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

Air Traffic Data, May 2020: 89% Reduction in U.S. Airline Passengers from May 2019 (Preliminary)

U.S. airlines carried 89% fewer scheduled service passengers in May 2020 than in May 2019, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 20 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers. Despite the large drop from May 2019, U.S. airlines carried more than twice as many passengers in May 2020 than in April 2020.


The 89% decline in the number of passengers would be the second largest year-to-year decrease following the 96% decline from April 2019 to April 2020.

July 10, 2020

Topic: Performance and operations

National Transportation Atlas Database Summer 2020 Update

Friday, July 10, 2020 - The Summer 2020 update to the National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD) was released today with eight 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.

July 10, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

Mid-May Airline Employment Down 20,000 from Mid-April

U.S. airlines employed 696,534 workers in the middle of May 2020, 20,100 fewer than in mid-April 2020 and 42,282 fewer than in May 2019. The May 2020 numbers consist of 588,802 full-time and 107,732 part-time workers

July 9, 2020

Topic: Freight

May 2020 Freight Index (TSI) Up 1.6% in Largest One-Month Rise in Two Years

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 1.6% in May from April, rising after a three-month decline, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). From May 2019 to May 2020, the index fell 8.5% compared to a rise of 2.1% from May 2018 to May 2019 and a rise of 8.4% from May 2017 to May 2018 (Tables 1, 2, and 2A).

July 8, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

U.S. Airlines May 2020 Fuel Use Up 1.4% from April


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


Fuel consumed by U.S. airlines’ scheduled services:


May 2019                    1.6 billion gallons

April 2020                     447 million gallons

May 2020                      453 million gallons

July 8, 2020

Topic: Performance and operations

Bikeshare Ridership Down 44% During COVID-19

Ridership on eight of the nation’s largest docked bikeshare systems in the COVID-19 months of March through May 2020 declined by 44% compared to the same period in 2019, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics released today in a new interactive map. San Francisco (Bay Wheels) experienced the largest decline at 60% (Figure 1).

There were 4.5 million trips on the eight bikeshare systems in 2020, down from 8.1 million trips in 2019.

June 26, 2020

Topic: Performance and operations

Air Travel Consumer Report: April 2020 Numbers

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

June 24, 2020

Topic: Freight

April 2020 North American Transborder Freight Numbers

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

  • Total Transborder freight: $58.1 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, down 44.4% compared to April 2019. The $58.1 in total Transborder freight was the lowest amount since May 2009.
  • Most-used mode: Trucks moved $38.5 billion of freight, down 40.8% compared to April 2019.
  • Second most-used mode: Railways moved $6.0 billion of freight, down 61.9% compared to April 2019.
  • Transborder freight value in April was down 41.2% from March.

June 23, 2020

Topic: Freight

Air Cargo Down 21% Between the U.S. and Foreign Points, April 2020 (Preliminary)

U.S. and foreign airlines carried 21% less cargo by weight between the U.S. and foreign points in April 2020 than in April 2019, including a 44% decline in cargo between the U.S. and Europe, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by large air carriers.

June 18, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

April 2020 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Data

The 23 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 6.7% fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-April 2020 than in mid-March 2020:

  • Mid-April’s total number of FTEs (428,569) was down almost 31,000 workers from mid-March 2020 (459,250 FTEs) and was the lowest FTE total for any month since August 2017 (423,747 FTEs).
  • Mid-April 2020 FTEs were down 4.0% or almost 18,000 FTEs from April 2019 (446,323 FTEs).  
  • April was the first month that U.S. scheduled passenger airline FTEs were lower than the same month of the previous year since April 2013.