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News and Statistical Releases

June 3, 2020

Topic: Freight

March 2020 North American Transborder Freight Numbers

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

  • Total Transborder freight: $98.8 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, down 7.9% compared to March 2019.
  • Most-used mode: Trucks moved $62.6 billion of freight, down 7.1% compared to March 2019.
  • Second most-used mode: Railways moved $15.0 billion of freight, down 7.7% compared to March 2019.

June 3, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

U.S. Airlines April 2020 Fuel Use Down 70% in One Year

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

May 28, 2020

Topic: Freight

January 2020 North American Transborder Freight Numbers

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

  • Total Transborder Freight: $97.1 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 1.5% compared to January 2019
  • Most-used mode: Trucks moved $61.1 billion of freight, down 3.2% compared to January 2019
  • Second most-used mode: Railways moved $13.4 billion of freight, up 3.9% compared to January 2019

May 28, 2020

Topic: Freight

February 2020 North American Transborder Freight Numbers

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

  • Total Transborder freight: $95.9 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 1.9% compared to February 2019.
  • Most-used mode: Trucks moved $60.8 billion of freight, up 0.9% compared to February 2019
  • Second most-used mode: Railways moved $14.4 billion of freight, up 10.3% compared to February 2019
  • TransBorder freight in February declined 1.2% from January, which is a smaller decline than the 1.5% decline a year earlier between January 2019 and February 2019.

May 21, 2020

Topic: Freight

March 2020 U.S. Airline Cargo Data (Preliminary): International Cargo Weight Down 14%

U.S. airlines carried 1.4% less cargo by weight in March 2020 than in March 2019, 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.

May 20, 2020

March 2020 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Data

The 22 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 3.2% more workers in March 2020 than in March 2019:

  • March’s 459,190 full-time equivalents (FTEs) was up 3.2% from February 2020 (458,832 FTEs) and was the highest FTE total for any month since February 2003 (460,852 FTEs).  
  • March was the 77th consecutive month that U.S. scheduled passenger airline FTEs exceeded the same month of the previous year.

May 20, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

Air Travel Consumer Report: March 2020 and 1st Quarter 2020 Numbers

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

May 14, 2020

Topic: Passenger travel

February 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried 78.3 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in February 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), down 0.6% from January.

 

See preliminary March U.S. airlines passenger numbers [Link2Come]

 

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

 

In February, there were 68.9 million domestic passengers and 9.3 million international passengers on U.S. airlines flights, seasonally-adjusted

May 14, 2020

Topic: Freight

March 2020 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI)

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.5% in March from February, rising after a one-month decline, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). From March 2019 to March 2020, the index fell 0.9% compared to a rise of 1.8% from March 2018 to March 2019 and a rise of 8.4% from March 2017 to March 2018 (Tables 1, 2, and 2A).

May 4, 2020

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

2019 Annual and 4th Quarter U.S. Airline Financial Data

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines reported a 2019 after-tax net profit of $14.8 billion, the 7th consecutive annual after-tax profit and a pre-tax operating profit of $20.8 billion, the 11th consecutive annual pre-tax profit.

 

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 2019 annual (Tables 1-6) and fourth-quarter (Tables 7-12) financial results.