7 May: US & Canada COVID-19 Aviation Traffic Report

Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2020 by Nick Benson
Topics: COVID-19

Traffic Graphs

Airline traffic hasn't completely bottomed out yet, sadly. Saturday (traditionally the slowest day of the week) set new post-crisis lows for several airlines and airports. Republic and JetBlue set a new lows yesterday, as did Spirit on Tuesday.

We also saw some record high traffic numbers - UPS and FedEx had their best post-crisis days on Tuesday, and then FedEx had another record day yesterday. FedEx traffic is up 10%, UPS 5%.

For those of you who've been reading, thank you; I'm going to try moving to a weekly format for these posts, with updates going live on Monday morning.

TSA Screenings

TSA screening volume is up very modestly.

Airline Fleet Evolution

Yesterday I put together a piece for AirlineReporter on the evolution of commercial American passenger airlines; samples showing American Airlines data are below; check out the full story here.


The percentages shown in the charts now reflect the change between the number of departures in the last calendar seven days (ET) compared to the average of two weeks previous to the crisis (last week of February first week of March, roughly). This will better reflect the overall changes to each airline, and will moderate over/under reporting on account of the day of the week the report was created relative to weekly operational cycles.

Additional Aviation News Resources

If you're looking to keep tabs on what's going on, there are lots of great places to be keeping track of aviation news.

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.