Transportation

Fed report: U.S. flights nearing March 2020 levels

Air travel
Mark Prado

Air travel in March 2022 almost matched levels recorded in March 2020, just before the pandemic took hold in the United States, according to the U.S. DOT's latest report on air travel.

In March 2020 there were 583,000 flights, with 581,000 recorded this past March, according to the report.

Looking back pre-pandemic, 581,434 flights operated in March 2022, 86.1% of the 675,659 flights operated in March 2019 before Covid-19. Operated flights in March 2022 were up 26.1% year-over-year from the 461,222 flights operated in March 2021 and up 17.1% month-over-month from the 496,531 flights operated in February 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 http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer. The report is designed to inform consumers about the quality of the services that airlines provide.