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    Christmas Travel Statistics

    2019 vs. 2020 holiday travel numbers starting the Friday prior to Christmas. Note Christmas Day* fell on a Wednesday in 2019, compared to a Friday in 2020.

     

    United States Commercial Aviation  |  Flights/Day

      2019 2020 % Change
    Friday 30,660 18,889 -38.39
    Saturday 29,702 18,948 -36.20
    Sunday 29,018 18,612 -35.86
    Monday 29,896 18,475 -38.20
    Tuesday 27,340 18,451 -32.51
    Wednesday 22,213*
    18,611 -16.22
    Thursday 27,576 16,223 -41.17
    Friday 29,875 11,699*
    -60.84
    Saturday 28,566 16,572 -41.97
    Sunday 28,837 18,825 -34.72

     

    Worldwide Commercial Aviation  |  Flights/Day

      2019 2020 % Change
    Friday 105,634 62,024 -41.28
    Saturday 98,678 58,237 -40.98
    Sunday 100,282 59,639 -40.53
    Monday 102,412 57,925 -43.44
    Tuesday 92,224 56,341 -38.91
    Wednesday 80,728* 58,938 -26.99
    Thursday 96,514 53,347 -44.73
    Friday 102,530 45,573* -55.55
    Saturday 96,746 52,666 -45.56
    Sunday 98,753 58,257 -41.01

     

     

    Tracking the Recovery
    Commercial Airline Traffic - United States

    Year-Over-Year

    20201228_USCovid

    Quick Stats:
    United States Commercial Airline Traffic  |  Weekly Average

    2020 Flights/Day: 16,979
    2019 Flights/Day: 27,783
    Year-over-year change: -38.89%

     

    Commercial Airline Traffic - Worldwide

    Year-Over-Year

    20201228_WorldCovid

    Quick Stats:
    Worldwide Commercial Aviation  |  Weekly Average

    2020 Flights/Day: 54,721
    2019 Flights/Day: 95,919
    Year-over-year change: -42.95%

     

    Commercial Airline Traffic - Europe

    Year-Over-Year

    20201228_EuropeCovid

    Quick Stats:
    Commercial Aviation - Europe  |  Weekly Average

    2020 Flights/Day: 7,218
    2019 Flights/Day: 20,025
    Year-over-year change: -63.95%

     

    Commercial Airline Traffic - China

    Year-Over-Year

    20201228_ChinaCovid

    Quick Stats:
    Commercial Aviation - China  |  Weekly Average

    2020 Flights/Day: 11,880
    2019 Flights/Day: 14,209
    Year-over-year change: -16.39%

     

    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.

     

    Business Aviation Traffic - United States

    Year-Over-Year

    20201228_BAGACovid

    Quick Stats:
    United States Business Aviation Traffic  |  Weekly Average

    2020 Flights/Day: 8,737
    2019 Flights/Day: 8,045
    Year-over-year change: 8.61%

     
    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.
     

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