Fed report: Air travel creeping up to pre-pandemic levels

Air travel
Mark Prado

A federal report released this week shows airplane travel has reached almost 86% of pre-pandemic levels as more people go back to flying.

A report by the San Francisco Chronicle this week notes the uptick in airport travel locally, noting, "travel at San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose international airports has almost rebounded to pre-COVID times."

The new U.S. Department of Transportation report shows the 590,444 flights operated in October 2022 were 85.97% of the 686,811 flights operated in pre-pandemic October 2019. Operated flights in October 2022 were up 1.32% year-over-year from the 582,759 flights operated in October 2021 and up 3.31% month-over-month from 571,533 flights operated in September 2022.

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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