U.S. Airlines September 2020 Fuel Use Down 9% from August

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U.S. Airline Fuel Consumption

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September 2020 fuel consumption was 9% lower than August 2020, 5% lower than July 2020, 30% higher than June 2020, 61% higher than May 2020 and 63% higher than April 2020. April was the lowest monthly fuel usage on record (447M gallons), dating back to 2000. September 2020 fuel consumption was down 51% from September 2019.

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The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released U.S. airlines’ September Fuel Cost and Consumption numbers.

Fuel consumed by U.S. airlines scheduled service:

September 2019            1.5 billion gallons

August 2020                  801 million gallons

September 2020            728 million gallons

September 2020 fuel consumption was 9% lower than August 2020, 5% lower than July 2020, 30% higher than June 2020, 61% higher than May 2020 and 63% higher than April 2020. April was the lowest monthly fuel usage on record (447M gallons), dating back to 2000. September 2020 fuel consumption was down 51% from September 2019.

Fuel cost per gallon for U.S. airlines scheduled service:

September 2019          $1.96

August 2020                $1.21

September 2020          $1.17

The September 2020 cost per gallon ($1.17) for aviation fuel was down 4 cents per gallon from August 2020 but down 79 cents per gallon from September 2019. The May 2020 cost per gallon ($1.03) was the lowest since April 2004 ($1.01).

Total fuel cost for U.S. airlines scheduled service:

September 2019             $2.9 billion

August 2020                   $968 million

September 2020             $852 million

Total September 2020 fuel cost was 12% lower than August 2020, 5% lower than July 2020, 41% higher than June 2020 and 83% higher than May 2020, which was the lowest on record dating back to 2000. Total fuel cost in September 2020 was down 71% from September 2019.

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