Bureau of Transportation Statistics;

U.S. airlines carried 8.4 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in May 2020, unadjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), down 89.6% from May 2019.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) is withholding the scheduled release of estimated U.S. airlines’ traffic data for June and July because the estimates are statistical forecasts based on previous trends. The estimates do not account for the impact of the coronavirus. BTS additionally is withholding the seasonally-adjusted numbers due to the unprecedented decline in air traffic.

BTS reported 8.2 million domestic passengers and 0.2 million international passengers on U.S. airlines flights in May.

May unadjusted

  • Systemwide enplanements (8.4M) were down 89.6% from the all-time May high (81.3M) reached in 2019.
  • Domestic enplanements (8.2M) were down 88.5% from the all-time May high (71.4M) reached in 2019.
  • International enplanements (0.19M) were down 98.1% from the all-time May high (10.0M) reached in 2019.

Table A. Unadjusted Passenger Enplanements Compared to Previous Time Periods

Percent Change Compared to


Passengers (in millions)



Two Years


Three Years Previous

May 8.4 -89.6% -89.1% -88.6%

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