Report: Flights still falling short of pre-pandemic levels

Mark Prado

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

The 590,957 flights operated in May 2022 were 86.9% of the 680,165 flights operated in pre-pandemic May 2019. Operated flights in May 2022 were up 14.1% year-over-year from the 517,709 flights operated in May 2021 and up 4.24% month-over-month from the 566,893 flights operated in April 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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