11 October: US & Canada COVID-19 Aviation Traffic Report

Posted on Sunday, October 11, 2020 by Nick Benson
Topics: COVID-19

In a nutshell: last week US passenger airlines carried 34% of pre-crisis passenger volume on 53% of the flights utilizing 75% of their fleet.

Some good news in the stats over the last three weeks since the last post; TSA screening numbers have continued growing, and virtually all of the mainline passenger carriers operated more flights in the most recent week than the two previous - modest growth, to be sure, but growth nonetheless.

Departures by Airline

Southwest appears to have added a bunch of flights on Friday and Saturday, enough to cause the entire bump in their weekly stats below. Unsure if this is responding to the holiday weekend, or if it's a longer-term adjustment.

Fleet Evolution by Airline

A few apparent fleet changes that have happened in the last 3-4 weeks:

  • Delta added 10 A321s and 8 757-200s
  • American removed 20 737-800s
  • United added 15 737-900ERs
  • Spirit removed its A319s entirely (had ~30 flying weekly pre-pandemic)

Nick Benson

Nick lives in Burnsville, MN with his wife and three children. He grooves on railroad and aviation photography, geography, weather, and LEGO. A freelance web developer, he started JetTip's smart flight alert service in 2017. He can frequently be found atop a step ladder at MSP's Aircraft Viewing Area.