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News and Statistical Releases

June 22, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel
U.S. airlines carried 9.5% more scheduled service passengers in April 2021 than in March 2021 (preliminary) but 39% fewer passengers than in pre-pandemic April 2019, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 18 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers.   The large airlines carried 46.6 million passengers in April 2021 (preliminary), compared to 3 million passengers in April 2020...

June 21, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its June 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of April 2021.  The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines.  The ATCR and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer.  

June 15, 2021

Topic: Energy and environment, Topic: Safety

Well control equipment (WCE) failure events during well operations in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf decreased by 16.9 percent in 2019, according to Well Control Equipment Systems Safety – 2019 Annual Report  released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

June 14, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
U.S. scheduled passenger airlines reported a first-quarter 2021 after-tax net loss of $4.2 billion and a pre-tax operating loss of $12.7 billion. While these first-quarter losses are the fifth consecutive quarterly losses, the extent of the losses is narrowing. The airlines reduced their losses in the first quarter from the fourth quarter of 2020. The first-quarter after-tax net loss of $4.2 billion was reduced from the fourth-quarter loss of $7.0 billion. The first-quarter pre-tax operating loss of $12.7 billion was increased from the fourth-quarter loss of $9.7 billion.

June 10, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. airlines carried 41.2 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in March 2021, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), up 29.6% from February.

BTS reported 37.8 million domestic passengers and 3.4 million international passengers on U.S. airlines flights in March.

June 9, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.7% in April from revised March, rising for the second consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). 

With the April increase, the index equaled the level of January 2021, the highest since pre-pandemic November 2019.

June 8, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
U.S. airlines employed 706,504 workers in April 2021, 6,531 fewer than in March 2021 (713,035) and 48,591 fewer than in March 2020 (755,095).  The April industry numbers consist of 592,931 full-time and 113,573 part-time workers. The largest March to April reductions among major airlines were American Airlines, down 2,410 employees, and SkyWest Airlines, down 2,329 employees.  From the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the largest employment reductions were Delta Air Lines, down 24,321 employees, and United Airlines, down 23,632 employees. From March 2020 to April 2021, Federal Express added 24,392 employees.

June 3, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Energy and environment, Topic: Passenger travel
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released U.S. airlines’ April Fuel Cost and Consumption numbers.  U.S. airlines used 3.7% more fuel in April 2021 than in March 2021 to reach the highest monthly consumption level since March 2020. In April 2021, airlines used more than twice the amount of fuel that they did in April 2020 and 70% of the amount they used in April 2019. 

May 26, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Freight
Total Transborder freight of $114.6 billion was moved by all modes of transportation in March 2021, and was up 19.5% compared to February 2021 and up 16.0% compared to March 2020. March 2021 Transborder freight was up 6.9% compared to $107.2 billion in March 2019. The most-used mode was trucks, which moved $73.9 billion of freight, up 24.3% compared to February 2021, up 18.1% compared to March 2020. Truck freight was up 9.7% compared to $67.4 billion in March 2019. The second most-used mode was railways, which moved $16.7 billion of freight, up 30.0% compared to February 2021, up 11.4% compared to March 2020. Rail freight was up 2.8% compared to $16.2 billion in March 2019.

May 21, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel, Topic: Performance and operations
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its May 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of March 2021.  The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines.  The ATCR and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer.