April 20, 2021

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

Foreign Airlines To and From U.S.

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.

  • Systemwide: 398 million passengers, down 62% from 2019 (1,053M)
  • Domestic: 336 million passengers, down 59% from 2019 (812M)
  • International: 63 million passengers, down 74% from 2019 (242M)

Systemwide passengers are those on all U.S. scheduled airline flights (domestic & international) and foreign airline flights to and from the U.S. Domestic passengers are those on flights from one U.S. airport to another U.S. airport. International passengers are those on flights between a U.S. airport and a foreign airport.

Annual Passengers

U.S. airlines passengers in 2020

  • Systemwide: 369 million, down 60% from 2019 (927M)
  • Domestic: 336 million, down 59% from 2019 (812M)
  • International* (to and from the U.S.): 34 million, down 71% from 2019 (115M)
*Includes flights from one foreign point to another foreign point (48,512 passengers in 2020)

Foreign airlines passengers in 2020

  • International to and from the U.S.: 29 million, down 77% from 2019 (126M)

Table 1A. Annual Passengers on U.S. Airlines and on Foreign Airlines’ U.S. Flights 2019-2020
in millions (000,000)

  2019 2020 Change%
U.S. Airlines Domestic 811.6 335.5 -58.7
  International 115.5 34.0 -70.5
  Total 926.8 369.5 -60.1
Foreign Airlines To and from U.S. 126.5 28.9 -77.2
Systemwide   -1,053.3 398.4 -62.2
Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market

This annual release includes data on U.S. airlines scheduled domestic and international service, including from one foreign point to another foreign point (48,512 passengers), and foreign carrier scheduled service to and from the U.S. BTS monthly air traffic releases include data on U.S. carrier scheduled service only.

Airlines with Most Passengers in 2020

  • Systemwide: Southwest Airlines (68M)
  • Domestic: Southwest (67M)
  • International: American Airlines (9M)
  • Foreign airline to and from the U.S.: Volaris (Mexico) (2M)

U.S. Airports with Most Passenger Boardings in 2020

  • Systemwide: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International (21M)
  • Domestic: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International (19M)
  • International: New York John F. Kennedy (4M)

Table 1B. 2020 Passengers on U.S. and Foreign Airlines by Origin and Destination
in millions (000,000)

    Domestic Foreign
Origin Domestic U.S. airlines 335.3 Domestic Carriers 16.9
Foreign airlines* N/A Foreign Carriers 14.4
Foreign U.S. airlines 17.1 Domestic Carriers 0.5
Foreign airlines 14.4 Foreign Carriers* N/A
Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Market (All Carriers)

* Foreign carriers do not report to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics on flights without a U.S. origin or destination

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