Report: U.S. Flights 88% of pre-pandemic levels

Air travel
Mark Prado

Air travel is creeping back toward pre-pandemic levels, according to the U.S. DOT's latest report.

In February, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to result in changes to airline schedules and operations. The 496,531 flights operated in February 2022 were 87.9% of the 564,614 flights operated in pre-pandemic February 2019. Operated flights in February 2022 were up 50.5% year-over-year from the 329,969 flights operated in February 2021 and down 6% month-over-month from the 528,070 flights operated in January 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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