Last week (starting June 13), US passenger airlines carried 73% of pre-crisis passenger volume on 85% of the flights utilizing 92% of their fleet.

By number of departures, nearly all of the US airlines we track had their busiest COVID-era weeks last week, including Delta, American, United, Jet Blue, Alaska, Spirit, Allegiant, Hawaiian, Sun Country, SkyWest, Republic, Envoy, PSA, Endeavor, Mesa, Piedmont, and Horizon.

Similarly, the vast majority of of the major US airports being tracked also had their busiest week by number of departures, including: ATL, LAX, ORD, DFW, JFK, SFO, LAS, SEA, CLT, EWR, IAH, BOS, MSP, and DTW. For the first time in the COVID-era, ORD returned to its position of busiest airport by number of departures.

Fleet shifts since the last update (the week of May 16):

  • Southwest: +31 B38M, +14 B737 (!!!)
  • Delta: +4 B712, +5 BCS1
  • American: -7 A321, +8 B738, +4 B788
  • United: +5 B737
  • Spirit: +4 A319
  • Allegiant: +7 A320

Departures by Airport

If interested on an airport-by-airport breakdown, FlightAware now has an excellent interactive graph for each airport with their data; scroll to the bottom of the respective airport page to see. Here's MSP as an example.

Departures by Airline

Fleet Evolution by Airline

Nick Benson

Nick lives in Burnsville, Minnesota with his wife and three children. He grooves on railroad and aviation photography, politics, geography, weather, and LEGO. He started JetTip's smart flight alert service in 2017, and is now a full-time avgeek. He can frequently be found atop a step ladder at MSP's Aircraft Viewing Area.