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News and Statistical Releases

April 14, 2021

Topic: Freight

February 2021 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI): Largest monthly decline since the onset of pandemic

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.

April 13, 2021

Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. Airlines February 2021 Passengers Decreased 61% from February 2020 (Preliminary)

U.S. airlines carried 61% fewer scheduled service passengers in February 2021 than in February 2020 (preliminary), according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 22 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers. February was the fifth straight month of year-over-year declines slightly above 60%.

April 8, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

Mid-February Airline Industry Employment Down 3,000 Employees from Mid-January

U.S. airlines employed 711,554 workers in the middle of February 2021, 3,030 fewer than in mid-January 2021 (714,584 revised) and 43,541 fewer than in March 2020 (755,095 revised). The January total was the highest since April (718,385 revised).

April 7, 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.

March 30, 2021

Topic: Freight

CORRECTED: January 2021 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) Rose 1.1% from December

The numbers in this release are corrected from the release issued on March 10 in which the December index number was incorrect.

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 1.1% in January from the corrected December level, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of...

March 26, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation

Air Travel Consumer Report: January 2021 Numbers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its March 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of January 2021. The ATCR and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer.  

March 24, 2021

Topic: Freight

North American Transborder Freight down 2.9% in January 2021 from January 2020

Transborder freight between the U.S. and North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in January 2021: Total Transborder freight: $94.3 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, down 2.6% compared to December 2020 and down 2.9% compared to January 2020....

March 18, 2021

Topic: Passenger travel

Passengers on All 2020 U.S.-Based Flights Down 62% from 2019

U.S. airlines and foreign airlines serving the U.S. carried 398 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in 2020, 62% fewer than in 2019 when the record high of 1.1 billion annual passengers was reached.

March 18, 2021

Topic: Freight

U.S. Airlines Carried 13% More Cargo in January 2021 than January 2020

U.S. airlines carried 13% more cargo by weight in January 2021 (preliminary) than in January 2020.  The rise was fueled by gains of 12% in domestic cargo and 15% in international cargo, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 14 of the leading U.S. cargo airlines.

March 17, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

Mid-January 2021 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Up Nearly 19,000 FTEs from Mid-December

The 22 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 4.9% more full-time equivalents (FTEs) in mid-January 2021 than in mid-December 2020:

  • Mid-January’s total number of FTEs (397,999) was up 18,697 from...