Report: Flights 87% of pre-pandemic totals

Air travel
Mark Prado

Air travel in April 2022 was 87% of what was seen before the pandemic, according to the U.S. DOT's latest report on air travel.

The 566,893 flights operated in April 2022 were 86.9% of the 652,533 flights operated in pre-pandemic April 2019. Operated flights in April 2022 were up 20.3% year-over-year from the 471,375 flights operated in April 2021 and down 2.6% month-over-month from the 581,434 flights operated in March 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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