Feb 16, 2021 - Economy

U.S. airlines saw 60% drop in passengers in 2020

Data: BTS; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

U.S. airlines carried about 60% fewer passengers in 2020 compared with 2019, according to Department of Transportation data released Tuesday.

Why it matters: The drop underscores the dramatic impact that the coronavirus pandemic — and the travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders that hallmarked much of the year — had on the travel industry.

Details: Overall in 2020, domestic flights saw 58.7% fewer passengers from 2019, while the number of people taking international flights dropped by 70.4%.

  • The biggest decrease happened in April, with a 96.1% drop from the previous year.
  • December 2020 saw a 61.5% decrease from the previous year, slightly more than the 60.7% decline in November.
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