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US passenger airline traffic fell 63per cent in January: USDOT

US passenger airline traffic fell 63per cent in January: USDOT

Passengers arrive on a flight from London amid new restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at JFK International Airport in New York City, U.S., on Dec 21, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

WASHINGTON: U.S. airline passenger traffic fell 63.3per cent in January, as the industry recorded its worst month since September amid COVID-19 concerns, the U.S. Transportation Department said Friday.

The largest U.S. airlines carried 25.8 million passengers in January, compared with 70.5 million passengers in the same month last year. For all of 2020, U.S. airline passenger traffic fell by 60per cent to 368 million passengers, the lowest since 1984, as the industry reported pre-tax losses of US$46 billion. On Thursday, President Joe Biden signed legislation that awards airlines another US$14 billion payroll assistance package.

(Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul)

Source: Reuters

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