American passenger Airline company traffic fell 60.1% in 2020 to the lowest number since 1984, as the COVID-19[female[feminine The pandemic has devastated demand for air travel, the US Department of Transportation said on Tuesday.
In total, there were 368 million passengers in 2020, up from 922.6 million in 2019. The previous annual low was 351.6 million in 1984, the department said.
Air travel in December fell 62%, slightly more than November’s drop, the department said. For 2020 as a whole, domestic air travel to the United States fell 58.7%, while international travel fell 70.4% as many countries imposed significant travel restrictions. U.S. airlines say demand for air travel remains down more than 60% through early February.
|AAL||AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP, INC.||21.39||+0.49||+ 2.34%|
|DAL||DELTA AIRLINES, INC.||43.53||+0.94||+ 2.21%|
|LCV||SOUTH-WEST AIRLINES CO.||52.85||+0.53||+ 1.01%|
|UAL||UNITED AIRLINES HOLDINGS, INC.||48.79||+1.32||+ 2.78%|
Airlines for America, a commercial group representing American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and others, said the nine largest U.S. airlines lost $ 46 billion pre-tax in 2020 and said passenger volumes are unlikely to return to pre-COVID-19 levels before 2023 or 2024.
US citizens are still not allowed to travel to much of Europe and other countries, and business travel remains severely depressed. The number of flights operated by US carriers is still down by around 45%.
A $ 1.9 trillion COVID-10 relief bill that reaches Congress would allocate an additional $ 14 billion to extend wage assistance to U.S. airlines to keep thousands of workers at work until September 30 .
Congress has already approved $ 40 billion in wage aid for US airlines and $ 25 billion in low-interest loans.