News and Statistical Releases
July 14, 2020Topic: Passenger travel
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, 2020Topic: Performance and operations
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, 2020Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
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, 2020Topic: Freight
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, 2020Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
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, 2020Topic: Performance and operations
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, 2020Topic: Performance and operations
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 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 April 2020.
June 24, 2020Topic: Freight
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, 2020Topic: Freight
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, 2020Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
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.