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News and Statistical Releases

May 6, 2021

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

March Airline Industry Employment Virtually Unchanged from February

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

U.S. Airlines March 2021 Fuel Use Up 33% from February

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. 

May 3, 2021

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

U.S. Airlines 2020 Net Profit Down $35 Billion from 2019

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

National Transportation Atlas Database Spring 2021 Includes New Pipeline Dataset, 8 Other Updates

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

North American Transborder Freight down 0.1% in February 2021 from February 2020

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

U.S. Airlines February 2021 Fuel Use Down 10% from January

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

Air Travel Consumer Report: February 2021 Numbers

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 in February 2021 than February 2020 (Preliminary)

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

Average Air Fares Dropped to All-Time Low in 2020

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

February 2021 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Down Over 3,000 Compared to January 2021

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). ...