News and Statistical Releases
August 6, 2020Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
U.S. airlines employed 699,683 workers in the middle of June 2020, 2,446 more than in mid-May 2020 and 53,602 fewer than in March 2020. The June 2020 numbers consist of 508,688 full-time and 111,075 part-time workers.
August 5, 2020
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released U.S. airlines’ June Fuel Cost and Consumption numbers. June 2020 fuel consumption was 23% higher than May 2020 and 25% higher than April 2020, which was the lowest monthly fuel usage on record dating back to 2000.
August 4, 2020
Responding to heightened interest in the most recent transportation data, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has created new web pages of daily, weekly and monthly statistics. These pages allow comparison of pre-COVID-19 and current numbers for passenger travel and freight shipments.
The new pages present a wide range of data on all transportation modes from various sources, and BTS will add more measures as they become available.
July 28, 2020Topic: Freight
U.S. and foreign airlines carried 11% less cargo by weight between the U.S. and foreign points in May 2020 than in May 2019, including a 40% decline in cargo between the U.S. and Europe, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by large air carriers. May’s decline was smaller than decreases in March (down 17%) and April (down 16%).
May 2020 (preliminary) cargo numbers to and from the U.S. by world geographic areas (by weight):
- Total to and from the U.S.: 735 thousand tons, down 10.7% from May 2019 (823T tons)
- Europe: 122 thousand tons, down 40.4% from May 2019 (204T tons)
- Latin America: 90 thousand tons, down 17.3% from May 2019 (109T tons)
- Asia (including China): 392 thousand tons, up 10.3% from May 2019 (356T tons)
- China: 85 thousand tons, down 2.9% from May 2019 (87T tons)
- Canada: 22 thousand tons, down 9.4% from May 2019 (24T tons)
The total to and from the U.S. includes world areas that are not shown separately.
July 23, 2020Topic: Freight
U.S. airlines carried 4.7% more domestic cargo by weight in May 2020 than in May 2019, the largest annual gain since July 2019 while the 8.4% decline in international cargo was the smallest annual loss since February, 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.
July 22, 2020Topic: Freight
Transborder freight between the U.S. and other North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in May 2020:
Total Transborder freight: $56.1 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, down 48.9% compared to May 2019. The $56.1 billion in total Transborder freight was the lowest amount since May 2009.
- Most-used mode: Trucks moved $39.1 billion of freight, down 43.2% compared to May 2019.
- Second most-used mode: Railways moved $5.5 billion of freight, down 66.3% compared to May 2019.
- Transborder freight value in May was down 3.5% from April and down 43.3% from March.
July 21, 2020Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
U.S. domestic average air fares declined in the first quarter of 2020 to $336, the lowest inflation-adjusted quarterly air fare on record in Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) records dating back to 1995. The previous low was $347 in the third quarter of 2019.
Adjusted for inflation, (constant 2020 dollars) the first-quarter 2020 air fare was:
- Down 6.0% from 1Q 2019 ($358)
- Down 6.1% from 4Q 2019 ($358)
- Down 21.6% from 1Q 2015 ($429)
July 20, 2020Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
The 23 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 4.1% fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-May 2020 than in mid-April 2020:
- Mid-May’s total number of FTEs (411,651) was down almost 18,000 FTEs from mid-April 2020 (429,407 FTEs) and down more than 48,000 FTEs from mid-March 2020. It was the lowest FTE total for any month since May 2016 (410,338 FTEs).
- Mid-May 2020 FTEs were down more than 36,000 FTEs, down 8.1%, from May 2019 (447,981 FTEs).
Regulations require U.S. airlines to report employment numbers for employees who worked or received pay for any part of the pay period(s) ending nearest the 15th day of the month. U.S. airline employment reports are filed monthly with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. See the tables that accompany this release on the BTS website for detailed data since 2015 (Tables 1-15) and industry summary data since 1990.
July 16, 2020Topic: Passenger travel
U.S. airlines carried 2.9 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in April 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), down 92.2% from March.
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) is withholding the scheduled release of estimated U.S. airlines’ traffic data for May and June because the estimates are statistical forecasts based on previous trends. The estimates do not account for the impact of the coronavirus.
July 16, 2020Topic: Freight
American manufacturers, wholesalers, and other selected industries shipped nearly 12.5 billion tons of goods in 2017, 10.4% more than in 2012, with a total value of more than $14.5 trillion, according to final estimates from the 2017 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) released today. The CFS covers about three-fourths of all U.S. freight movements, excluding imports, shipments from farms, crude oil production, and a few smaller categories.
On a typical day in 2017, establishments in these industries moved 34.2 million tons of goods, valued at $39.7 billion, and generated approximately 8.5 billion ton-miles on the nation's transportation network.