14 July: Weekly US & Canada COVID-19 Aviation Traffic Report

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 by Nick Benson
Topics: COVID-19

July Traffic Bump

As many smart flight alert subscribers can attest, it was a busy couple of weeks for airlines increasing service here in the US; lots of alerts got sent out for aircraft types that airlines hadn't been flying to several markets since traffic plummeted in March. American, Delta, United, Spirit, JetBlue, and WestJet all had nice bumps in the number of flights operated, along with most of the regional partners.

A few bits of trivia from the recent data:

  • For the first time since traffic bottomed out, US-based passenger airlines operated more than 50% of their average daily flights.
  • Independence Day had a huge spike in TSA screening volume, otherwise the numbers have continued their modest upwards trend.
  • Derived load factors have decreased recently as the number of flights has increased faster than number of passengers; seven day average TSA screening per flight yesterday was 54 compared to ~100 pre-crisis.
  • Spirit and Allegiant appear to be flying nearly all of their aircraft now after having many stored or parked; remarkably Southwest flew 90% of their aircraft last week.

Scroll on for detailed daily and weekly breakdowns of traffic numbers by airline and airport, along with updated charts for airline fleet evolution.

Daily Domestic Departures by Airline

Weekly Domestic Departures by Airline

Total Departures at Major Airports

US Passenger Airline Fleet Evolution

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.