U.S. airline passenger traffic fell 60.1% in 2020 — DOT

FILE PHOTO: A traveler walks past a Christmas tree as he makes his way through the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., December 22, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. passenger airline traffic fell 60.1% in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic devastated demand for air travel, the U.S. Transportation Department said Tuesday.

December air travel fell 62%, slightly more than the decline in November, the department said. For all of 2020, U.S. domestic air travel fell by 58.7%, while international travel fell 70.4% as many countries imposed significant travel restrictions. U.S. airlines say air travel demand remains down more than 60% through early February.

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