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News and Statistical Releases

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.  

May 18, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Freight
U.S. airlines carried 9% more cargo by weight in March 2021 (preliminary) than in March 2020. The rise was fueled by gains of nearly 4% in domestic cargo and 24% in international cargo, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 12 of the leading U.S. cargo airlines. March 2020 was the first month in which the pandemic started affecting air cargo totals. The 12 airlines carry 95% of the total cargo by weight transported on U.S. airlines.

May 17, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Passenger travel

The 23 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.3% fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) in March 2021 than in February 2021:

  • March’s total number of FTEs (395,063) was down 1,126 from February (396,189) and down 66,534, a 14.4% drop from the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 (461,597).
  • March 2021 was the lowest FTE total for the month of March since 2015 (390,817).

The decline from February resulted from United Airlines reduction of 6,158 FTEs. Other passenger airlines combined reported an increase in FTEs from February to March.

May 13, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel
U.S. airlines carried almost 10% more scheduled service passengers in March 2021 than in March 2020 (preliminary), the first year-over-year increase since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 22 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers.   The reporting airlines carried 42.6 million passengers in March 2021 (preliminary), compared to 38.9 million passengers in March 2020.

May 13, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. airlines carried 31.8 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in February 2021, seasonally adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), up 3.3% from January.

BTS reported 29.2 million domestic passengers and 2.6 million international passengers on U.S. airlines flights in February.

U.S. airline traffic reports are filed monthly with BTS. See the tables that accompany this release on the BTS website for summary data since 2016 (Tables 1-24) and complete data since 2000.

May 12, 2021

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, fell 2.1% in March from the revised February index, falling for the second consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). 

The March decline of 2.1% coupled with a larger 3.1% decline in February left the index down 5.1% since January and at the lowest level since June 2020. The February and March monthly declines were the two largest since the onset of the pandemic in...

May 6, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

U.S. airlines employed 713,035 workers in March 2021, 221 fewer than in February 2021 (713,256) and 42,060 fewer than in March 2020 (755,095).

The March industry numbers consist of 598,378 full-time and 114,657 part-time workers.

United Airlines reported 2,767 fewer employees in March than in February. Without United’s decrease, other airlines reported a combined increase in employees from February to March.

May 5, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Energy and environment
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released U.S. airlines’ March Fuel Cost and Consumption numbers.  Fuel consumed by U.S. airlines scheduled service: March 2020           1.2 billion gallons February 2021    757 million gallons March 2021           1.0 billion gallons U.S. airlines’ used 33% more fuel in March 2021 than in February 2021 to reach the highest monthly consumption level since March 2020. In March 2021, airlines used 86% of the amount of fuel that they did in March 2020.