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News and Statistical Releases

July 30, 2021

The Summer 2021 update to the National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD) was released today with the new Alternative Fuel Corridors dataset and 11 updated datasets.

 

The Alternative Fuel Corridors addition brings to 90 the total number 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 Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) compilation.

July 27, 2021

Topic: Passenger travel

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released the NCFO 2020 Datasets.  Key findings from the 246 ferry operators that responded...

July 26, 2021

U.S. airlines carried 607% more scheduled service passengers in May 2021 than in May 2020 (preliminary), 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 56.6 million passengers in May 2021 (preliminary), compared to 8.0 million passengers in May 2020 and up from 3.0 million in April 2020, which was the lowest monthly total in BTS records dating back to 1974.  The previous low was 14.6 million passengers in February 1975.

July 22, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

The 24 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.7% more full-time equivalents (FTEs) in May 2021 than in April 2021:

  • May’s total number of FTEs (392,984) was up 1,483 from April (391,501) and down 68,613, a 14.9% drop from the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 (461,597).
  • May 2021 was the lowest FTE total for the month of May since 2015 (395,621).

July 21, 2021

Topic: Freight

Transborder freight between the U.S. and North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in May 2021:

  • Total Transborder freight: $108.6 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 93.8% compared to May 2020 but remained 1.0% below May 2019. May 2021 Transborder freight was down 1.1% compared to $109.8 billion in May 2019.

July 20, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

The average U.S. domestic air fare declined in the first quarter of 2021 to $260, down 1.2% from the inflation-adjusted fare of $264 in the fourth quarter of 2020. The first quarter fare of $260 was up 5.0% from the lowest inflation adjusted fare of $248 in the third quarter of 2020.

July 19, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel, Topic: Performance and operations

U.S. airlines carried 47.2 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in April 2021, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), up 14.3% from March.

BTS reported 43.2 million domestic passengers and 4.0 million international passengers on U.S. airlines flights in April.

July 16, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel, Topic: Performance and operations
The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its July 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of May 2021. The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines.

July 14, 2021

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

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.1% in May from April, rising for the third consecutive month, according to BTS. From May 2020 to May 2021 the index rose 8.1% compared.

July 13, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
U.S. airlines employed 709,554 workers in May 2021, 3,050 more than in April 2021 (706,504) and 45,541 fewer than in March 2020 (755,095). The May industry numbers consist of 598,580 full-time and 110,974 part-time workers.