FlightAware Blog Home    Aviation Stats Update: December 15, 2020

"After a tumultuous year, the aviation industry pushes into 2021 with hopes that a vaccine will usher in normalcy for travelers, operators, and their families. With worldwide commercial traffic at -46.50% over 2019, up from the all-time low of -81% back in April, we look forward to the next year as one of continued growth through adversity."

-Daniel Baker, CEO, FlightAware


Business Aviation Traffic - United States


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Quick Stats:
United States Business Aviation Traffic  |  Weekly Average

2020 Flights/Day: 8,806
2019 Flights/Day: 10,816
Year-over-year change: -18.58%


Business Aviation: Any turbine general aviation flights that are not commercial or cargo airlines. The FAA refers to these as Part 91 or 135 traffic.


Commercial Airline Traffic - United States


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Quick Stats:
United States Commercial Airline Traffic  |  Weekly Average

2020 Flights/Day: 15,231
2019 Flights/Day: 28,181
Year-over-year change: -45.95%


Commercial Airline Traffic - Worldwide



Quick Stats:
Worldwide Commercial Aviation  |  Weekly Average

2020 Flights/Day: 51,981
2019 Flights/Day: 97,161
Year-over-year change: -46.50%


Commercial Airline Traffic - Europe


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Quick Stats:
Commercial Aviation - Europe  |  Weekly Average

2020 Flights/Day: 6,454
2019 Flights/Day: 21,550
Year-over-year change: -70.05%


Commercial Airline Traffic - China


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Quick Stats:
Commercial Aviation - China  |  Weekly Average

2020 Flights/Day: 12,077
2019 Flights/Day: 13,873
Year-over-year change: -12.95%


Commercial Airline: Any passenger airline flights. The FAA refers to this as Part 121 traffic. The airline numbers shown in this report do not include canceled flights.



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FlightAware Blog Home    Aviation Stats Update: December 15, 2020

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