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News and Statistical Releases

September 24, 2021

Topic: Performance and operations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its September 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of July 2021. The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines.

September 23, 2021

Topic: Freight
More than half (54%) of rail tank cars carrying Class 3 flammable liquids in 2020 met new safety requirements, an increase from the 48% in 2019, according to the Fleet Composition of Rail Tank Cars Carrying Flammable Liquids: 2021 Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

September 22, 2021

Topic: Freight
Transborder freight between the U.S. and North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in July 2021: Total transborder freight: $111.3 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 22% compared to July 2020. July 2021 transborder freight was up 8.6% compared to $102.4 billion in pre-pandemic July 2019. Nations: Freight between the U.S. and Canada totaled $55.7B. Freight between the U.S. and Mexico totaled $55.6B.

September 21, 2021

Topic: Freight
U.S. Airlines Carried 4% more cargo by weight in July 2021 (preliminary) than in July 2020. The rise was fueled by gains of 1% in domestic cargo and 13% in international cargo, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 15 of the leading U.S. cargo airlines.

September 20, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

The 23 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.1% more full-time equivalents (FTEs) in July 2021 than in June 2021:

July’s total number of FTEs (402,561) was up 8,263 from June (394,298) and down 54,699, a 12.0% drop from the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 (457,260) and a 10.5% drop from the most recent...

September 20, 2021

Topic: Passenger travel

U.S. airlines carried 61.4 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in June 2021, seasonally adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The airlines carried 10.9% more passengers, seasonally adjusted, in June of this year than in May and 302% more than in June 2020, but 20% fewer than in pre-pandemic June 2019.

September 16, 2021

Topic: Commercial aviation, Topic: Passenger travel
U.S. airlines carried 207% more scheduled service passengers in July 2021 than in July 2020 (preliminary) but 15% fewer passengers than in pre-pandemic July 2019, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 24 airlines that carry more than 90% of passengers.

September 15, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
U.S. scheduled passenger airlines reported a second-quarter 2021 after-tax net profit of $1.0 billion despite a pre-tax operating loss of $3.6 billion. The second-quarter results represent the first quarterly profit since the fourth quarter of 2019, the last quarter before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

September 9, 2021

Topic: Freight

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, fell 1.6% in July from June, falling for the third consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). From July 2020 to July 2021 the index rose 0.5 percent compared to a decline of 4.6 percent from July 2019 to July 2020 and an increase of 2.9 percent from July 2018 to July 2019 (Tables 1, 2, and 2A)....

September 8, 2021

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance
U.S. airlines employed 715,312 workers in July 2021, which is 0.8% (5,634) more workers than in June 2021, but 3.7% (27,728) fewer than in pre-pandemic July 2019. The July industry numbers consist of 607,805 full-time and 107,507 part-time workers, an increase from June of 8,755 full-time and a decrease of 3,121 part-time workers.