September 2020 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

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U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried 27.1 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in September 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), up 14.1% from August.

U.S. airlines carried 27.1 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in September 2020, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), up 14.1% from August. 

BTS reported 25.5 million domestic passengers and 1.6 million international passengers on U.S. airlines’ flights in September.

Two measures of U.S. airlines passenger enplanements

September seasonally-adjusted

System-wide enplanements (27.1M) were down 66% from the all-time high of 79.6 million reached in January 2020. Domestic enplanements (25.5M) were down 63.5% from the all-time high of 69.8 million reached in January 2020. International enplanements (1.58M) were down 83.8% from the all-time high of 9.81 million reached in January 2020.

September unadjusted

Systemwide enplanements (25.25M) were down 65.2% from the all-time September high (72.6M) reached in 2019 and down 0.2% from August 2020 (25.29M). Domestic enplanements (23.9M) were down 62.7% from the all-time September high (64.0M) reached in 2019 and down 0.3% from August 2020 (23.8M). International enplanements (1.38M) were down 83.7% from the all-time September high (8.61M) reached in 2019 but up 1.6% from August 2020 (1.40M).

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

Percent Change Compared to

Seasonally Adjusted

Passengers (in

millions)

Previous

Month

Two Years

Previous

Three Years Previous

September 27.1 14.1% -65.2% -61.0%

Table B. Unadjusted Passenger Enplanements Compared to Previous Time Periods

Percent Change Compared to

Unadjusted

Passenger (in

millions)

Previous

Year

Two Years

Previous

Three Years

Previous

September 25.3 -65.2% -63.2% -61.1%

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