The number of passengers registered in the US in 2020 decreased in 1985
Airports Council International Europe presented figures for 2020 for airports in Europe. According to the ACI Europe report, European airports have lost 1.72 billion passengers, a percentage decrease of 70.4% compared to 2019, returning to the level of 1995.
US passenger air traffic fell to 1985
The situation is not even brighter across the Atlantic. According to data released by the United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the number of passengers in 2020 has dropped to 1985.
According to the report presented by the United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics, US airlines carried 62% fewer passengers in December 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, throughout 2020, US airlines carried only 368 million passengers compared to almost 923 million in 2019.
Throughout 2020, US air travel fell by 58,7%, while international travel fell by 70,4% as many countries imposed significant travel restrictions.
According to data provided by Airlines for America (A4A), which represents American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and other subsidiaries, the number of passengers carried to and from the United States decreased in 1985.
US airlines reported a loss of $ 43.8 billion in 2020
The largest US carriers all ended 2020 with record losses, totaling $ 43,8 billion. In January 2021, American Airlines reported a net loss of $ 8,9 billion for 2020, a record in the company's history.
Southwest Airlines also reported its first annual loss of $ 3,1 billion in 1972, while JetBlue's losses amounted to $ 1,4 billion. In 2020, United Airlines suffered a net loss of more than $ 7 billion, the largest net loss since 2005.
Unfortunately, the return to pre-covid levels will be slow. IATA forecasts that passenger traffic in 2021 will increase by only 38% compared to last year. Specifically, if the coronavirus pandemic ended this year, air passenger traffic would recover in 2023-2024.
On February 15, 2021, US lawmakers approved a $ 14 billion rescue package to support the country's airlines and their employees by September 2021.