August 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

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U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried 23.7 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in August 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), up 11.8% from July.

U.S. airlines carried 23.7 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in August 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), up 11.8% from July.

BTS reported 22.5 million domestic passengers and 1.2 million international passengers on U.S. airlines flights in August.

Figure 1. Monthly Passengers on U.S. Scheduled Airlines (Domestic + International), Seasonally Adjusted, August 2017 - August 202

Two measures of U.S. airlines passenger enplanements

August seasonally-adjusted

System-wide enplanements (23.7M) were down 70.2% from the all-time high of 79.6 million reached in January 2020. Domestic enplanements (22.5M) were down 67.8% from the all-time high of 69.8 million reached in January 2020. International enplanements (1.2M) were down 87.8% from the all-time high of 9.81 million reached in January 2020.

August unadjusted

Systemwide enplanements (25.3M) were down 69.8% from the all-time August high of 83.8 million reached in 2019 but up 5.4% from July 2020 (24.0M). Domestic enplanements (23.9M) were down 67.1% from the all-time August high of 72.7 million reached in 2019 but up 4.5% from July 2020 (22.9M). International enplanements (1.38M) were down 87.5% from the all-time August high of 11.1 million reached in 2019 but up 22.6% from July 2020 (1.13M).

Table A. Seasonally Adjusted Passenger Enplanements Compared to Previous Time Periods

Percent Change Compared to

Seasonally Adjusted

Passengers (in

millions)

Previous

Month

Previous

Year

Three

Years

Previous

August 23.7 11.8% -69.4% -66.7%

Table B. Unadjusted Passenger Enplanements Compared to Previous Time Periods

Percent Change Compared to

Unadjusted

Passengers (in

millions)

Previous

Year

Two

Years

Previous

Three

Years

Previous

August 25.3 -69.8% -68.8% -67.2%

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