Fed report: Air travel coming back slowly but surely

Air travel
Mark Prado

More and more people are flying, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact air travel, according to the U.S. DOT's latest report.

In January, the COVID-19 pandemic (particularly the spike in COVID-19 cases linked to the Omicron variant) continued to result in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, according to the DOT.

The 528,070 flights operated in January 2022 were 85.3% of the 619,099 flights operated in pre-pandemic January 2019. Operated flights in January 2022 were up 51% year-over-year from the 375,229 flights operated in January 2021 and down 6.8% month-over-month from the 566,465 flights operated in December 2021.

The report includes which airlines had the best and worst on time records, which carriers canceled the most flights and how much baggage was mishandled, among other factoids. 

Other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at The report is designed to inform consumers about the quality of the services that airlines provide.

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