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News and Statistical Releases

May 3, 2021

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

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines reported an annual 2020 after-tax net loss of $35.0 billion, declining after seven consecutive annual after-tax profits and a pre-tax operating loss of $46.5 billion, declining after 11 consecutive annual pre-tax profits. They reported a fourth-quarter 2020 after-tax net loss of $7.0 billion and a pre-tax operating loss of $9.7 billion. This is the fourth consecutive quarter of losses.

April 29, 2021

Topic: Transportation general
The Spring 2021 update to the National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD) was released today with the new pipeline intermodal freight facility layer and eight updated datasets. The pipeline addition brings to 89 the total number of geospatial datasets in the NTAD collection representing the nation’s transportation infrastructure, containing roadways, railways, waterways, and airports. An additional 27 ancillary data tables can be used in this BTS compilation.

April 28, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Freight

For February 2021, total transborder freight between the U.S. and North American countries (Canada and Mexico) moved by all modes of transportation was valued at $95.9 billion, up 1.7% from January 2021 and down 0.1% from February 2020. Trucks moved $59.5 billion, down 2.7% from Jan. 2021, down 2.1% from Feb. 2020. Rail moved $12.8 billion, down 7.5% from Jan. 2021, down 10.8% from Feb. 2020.

April 23, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

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

April 21, 2021

Topic: Performance and operations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its April 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of February 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...

April 21, 2021

Topic: Freight

U.S. airlines carried 10% more cargo by weight in February 2021 (preliminary) than in February 2020. The rise was fueled by gains of 5% in domestic cargo and 24% in international cargo, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 15 of the leading U.S. cargo airlines.

April 20, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

The 2020 average domestic itinerary air fare of $292 was the lowest inflation-adjusted annual fare since the Bureau of Transportation Statistics began collecting such records in 1995, down 19% from the previous low of $359 in 2019.

April 19, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

The 22 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.8% fewer full-time equivalents (FTEs) in February 2021 than in January 2021: February’s total number of FTEs (394,843) was down 3,156 from January (397,999) and down 66,754 from the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 (461,597). ...

April 15, 2021

Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. airlines carried 30.8 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in January 2021, seasonally adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), down 0.9% from December.

April 14, 2021

Topic: Freight

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, declined 3.6% in February from January, falling to its lowest level since September, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). The decline in February followed five consecutive months of growth.