A report prepared for the U.S. Travel Association by Tourism Economics finds a bevy of chilling jobs figures – and underscores the fact that an overall U.S. employment recovery will not be successful unless the hard-hit travel and tourism industry can be safely restarted
International air travel remains grounded; cargo demand also faltering
U.S. airlines carried 80% fewer scheduled service passengers in June 2020 than in June 2019, according to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 20 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers. Despite the large annual drop from pre-pandemic numbers a year earlier (see graphic), when compared to the previous month U.S. airlines carried almost twice as many passengers (93% more) in June 2020 than in May 2020.
U.S. airlines employed 699,683 workers in the middle of June 2020, 2,446 more than in mid-May 2020 and 53,602 fewer than in March 2020. The June 2020 numbers consist of 508,688 full-time and 111,075 part-time workers.
June 2020 fuel consumption was 23% higher than May 2020 and 25% higher than April 2020, which was the lowest monthly fuel usage on record dating back to 2000.
The new pages present a wide range of data on all transportation modes from various sources, and BTS will add more measures as they become available.
Following thes news that TUI is closing 166 travel agencies, Johanna Bonhill-Smith, Travel & Tourism Analyst at GlobalData.
Domestic markets show signs of improvement but recovery remains uncertain
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an updated global passenger forecast showing that the recovery in traffic has been slower than had been expected.
Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs), fell by 17.6% in June (-19.9% for international operations) compared to the previous year. That is a modest improvement from the 20.1% year-on-year drop recorded in May.