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News and Statistical Releases

June 17, 2020

Topic: Freight

April 2020 U.S. Airlines Cargo (Preliminary): International Shipments Down 15%

U.S. airlines carried 1.3% less cargo by weight in April 2020 than in April 2019 with a 15% decline in international cargo, according to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 15 of the leading cargo airlines.

 

The 15 airlines carry more than 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.

June 15, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

First Quarter 2020 U.S. Airline Financial Data

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines reported a first-quarter 2020 after-tax net loss of $5.2 billion and a pre-tax operating loss of $4.6 billion.

 

The first-quarter losses follow 27 consecutive quarterly after-tax net profits and 35 consecutive quarterly pre-tax operating profits.

 

U.S. airline financial reports are filed quarterly with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). See the tables that accompany this release on the BTS website for additional first-quarter 2020 (Tables 1-6) financial results.

June 11, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

March 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data (Final)

U.S. airlines carried 36.6 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in March 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), down 53.2% from February.

 

BTS is withholding the scheduled release of estimated U.S. airlines’ traffic data for April and May because the estimates are statistical forecasts based on previous trends. The estimates do not account for the coronavirus.

 

U.S. airlines carried 32.3 million domestic passengers and 4.4 million international passengers in March, seasonally-adjusted.

June 11, 2020

2019 Traffic Data for U.S. Airlines and Foreign Airlines U.S. Flights - Final, Full-Year

U.S. airlines and foreign airlines serving the U.S. carried an all-time high of 1.1 billion systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in 2019, 3.9% more than the previous annual record high of 1.0 billion reached in 2018.

  • Systemwide: 1,053 million passengers, up 3.9% from 2018 (1,014M)
  • Domestic: 811 million passengers, up 4.3% from 2018 (778M)
  • International: 241 million passengers, up 2.4% from 2018 (236M)

June 11, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

Preliminary Air Traffic Data, March 2020: 50% Reduction in U.S. Airline Passengers

U.S. airlines carried 51% fewer scheduled service passengers in March 2020 than in March 2019, according to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 24 airlines that carry 99% of the passengers, dropping to the lowest level of air travel in almost than two decades.

 

The 51% decline in the number of passengers from March 2019 was the largest year-to-year decrease on record.

 

The airlines carried slightly more total, domestic and international passengers in March 2020 than in September 2001, the month of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

June 11, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

Mid-April Airline Employment Down 37,000 from Mid-March

US airlines employed 715,017 workers in the middle of April 2020, almost 37,000 fewer than in mid-March 2020 and almost 21,000 fewer than in April 2019. The April 2020 numbers consist of 604,551 full-time and 110,466 part-time workers.

 

Regulations require airlines to report employment numbers to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics for employees who worked or received pay for any part of the pay period(s) ending nearest the 15th day of the month.

June 11, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

January 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data (Preliminary)

U.S. airlines carried 5.6% more scheduled service passengers in January 2020 than in January 2019, according to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by the 25 airlines that carry the most passengers.

 

The 25 airlines carry 99% of the total passengers traveling on U.S. airlines.

June 10, 2020

Topic: Freight

Reduction in April 2020 Freight Movement Largest since 2009 Recession

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, fell 7.7% in April from March, falling for the third consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). From April 2019 to April 2020, the index fell 10.0% compared to a rise of 2.7% from April 2018 to April 2019 and a rise of 8.0% from April 2017 to April 2018 (Tables 1, 2, and 2A).

June 10, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

Preliminary Air Traffic Data, April 2020: 96% Reduction in U.S. Airline Passengers from 2019

U.S. airlines carried 96% fewer scheduled service passengers in April 2020 than in April 2019, according to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 24 airlines that carry 99% of the passengers.

 

The 96% annual decline in the number of passengers from April 2019 is the largest year-to-year decrease on record, larger than the 51% decline from March 2019 to March 2020.

 

The large airlines carried 3.0 million passengers in April, the lowest monthly total in BTS records dating back to 1974. The previous low was 14.6 million passengers in February 1975.

June 4, 2020

Topic: Freight

Air Cargo Down 15% Between the U.S. and Foreign Points, March 2020 (Preliminary)

U.S. and foreign airlines carried 15.2% less cargo by weight between the U.S. and foreign points in March 2020 than in March 2019, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by large air carriers.

 

March 2020 cargo numbers to and from the U.S. by world geographic areas (by weight):

  • Total to and from the U.S.: 403 thousand tons, down 15.2% from March 2019 (475T tons)
  • Europe: 102 thousand tons, down 25.0% from March 2019 (135T tons)
  • Latin America: 46 thousand tons, down 29.2% from March 2019 (65T tons)
  • Asia (including China): 229 thousand tons, down 6.4% from March 2019 (245T tons)
  • China: 66 thousand tons, up 2.0% from March 2019 (66T tons)
  • Canada: 9 thousand tons, down 8.1% from March 2019 (10T tons)