Last week (starting August 15), US passenger airlines carried 77% of pre-crisis passenger volume on 85% of the flights utilizing 95% of their fleet.

Notable shifts in US mainline passenger carrier fleets between weeks of July 11 and August 15:

  • Southwest: +13 737-700
  • Delta: +5 757-200
  • American: -3 787-8,
  • United: +5 A320, +11 737-900ER, +8 767, +3 777-200ER, -2 787-9

Seven day average derived load factors (TSA screening vs. number of pax airline flights) exceeded 100 June 25 - August 9, and has been drifting downwards as the summer travel season winds down.

Looking at the number of departures being operated, the Canadian carriers climbing, Spirit's operations have recovered, and Allegiant has begun their seasonal schedule reduction.

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, MN 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.