Moving more than 2.7 million passengers a day, the airlines are a crucial component of American business. Atlanta houses the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International, and is a large part of Georgia's economy, supplying over 450,000 jobs and bringing in over $30 Billion in direct annual economic benefits.
TSA Checkpoint Traffic 2019 vs 2020

TSA checkpoint traffic monitors the amount of passengers that travel through all TSA checkpoints in a given day. By April 6th the pandemic had reduced passenger throughput to virtually zero, but it has slowly climbed up over the next few months. That growth seemed to stagnate at the beginning of July as new cases of COVID-19 began to climb again in the US. This data is updated weekly on the TSA.gov website. The days of the week are lined up so that a Monday in 2020 corresponds to the equivalent Monday in 2019.

Flights in and out of Atlanta 2019 vs 2020

Unlike the TSA checkpoint data, which tracks traffic for all airports, this graph tracks airplane traffic in and out of Atlanta. It is generated through monthly traffic reports created by the FAA, consequently it is typically a month behind, giving readers a historic look at the trends of Hartsfield-Jackson International. The days of the week between 2019 and 2020 have been lined up to keep traffic data consistent.

Airline Industry November 2nd

FAA traffic out of ATL is down 3% vs last month and down 39% of what it was last year. A contributing factor for higher air traffic vs passenger traffic is that one of Delta’s hubs is out of ATL. Since Delta has continued to fly their planes at only 60% capacity, they must fly more planes to meet customer demand.

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In the Press
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    All leading U.S. airlines now require passengers to wear masks, but … ATLANTA — Georgia added nearly 3,500 confirmed coronavirus cases to its … - July 3, 2020
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    Airline stocks are rallying and earning the U.S. Treasury a $300 million profit … As much as airlines are enjoying the upswing in value, the U.S. Treasury Department may be … lows during the last two months with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing carriers to fight for their financial lives. … Rome, GA 30161 - June 16, 2020

Airline Industry October 27

TSA Checkpoint traffic (National) An important milestone was hit last week for TSA traffic. For the first time since March, on October 18th, more than one million passengers travelled in a single day. Daily average traffic continues to climb, up 48k over the last two weeks. Average passenger throughput is down 63% over last year. […]

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Airline Industry October 12th

TSA Checkpoint This Monday, TSA traffic nearly hit one million travelers at 984k. The weekly average was 8% higher than the previous week. Traffic appears to be climbing again, just much more slowly than it had in the past. FAA Traffic With another month comes another sharp increase in air traffic through Hartsfield-Jackson Intl. The month […]

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Airline Industry–October 5th

With another month comes another sharp increase in air traffic through Hartsfield-Jackson Intl. The month of August saw an average daily increase of 20%, or 260 more planes per day. This puts airline traffic through Atlanta in the month of August at 59% of what it was last year.

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Airline Industry September 21st

TSA Foot traffic is up slightly this week, climbing 2.4% over last week with an increase to the daily average 16,537. Also, another month comes another sharp increase in air traffic through Hartsfield-Jackson Intl. The month of August saw an average daily increase of 20%, or 260 more planes per day.

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Airline Industry-September 8th

A new milestone has been hit this week for passenger throughput this week. The Friday of Labor Day weekend saw the first time TSA traffic had exceed 950,000 passengers since March. 968,673 travelers flew Friday, with a similarly large number on return flights on Monday at 935,308. The daily average for last week was 749,891, also a record. Labor Day is the last major travel holiday until Thanksgiving, and as the summer comes to a close, expect the daily average to decrease.

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Airline Industry-August 31st

What is difficult about gathering data for this year is discerning between seasonal traveler declines and pandemic related declines. While the daily average of traveler throughput dropped by 40,000 this week or 5.7%, this data would be misleading. 2019 daily average checkpoint numbers for the comparable week dropped by slightly more, at a 6.7% decrease. This means that though there are currently no signs of airline traffic increasing past 30% of last year at this time, it also isn’t being negatively affected anymore than it already has been.

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Airline Industry – August 24th

After a promising two weeks of increasing passenger throughput, TSA traffic has stagnated again this week. Dropping 1.5% on average compared to last week, it failed to set a record high on Monday like it has historically. With a high of 841,806 passengers, 21,143 below last week’s high there may be a cause for alarm, however the market continued to surge up in the airline sector this week, with a 5% increase in Delta stock by midday Monday and other airlines following a similar trend.

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Airline Industry August 17th

FAA traffic numbers for Atlanta for the month of June saw a steady increase in flights to and from Atlanta. May reported a high of 673 daily flights, while June nearly reached 40% of pre-corona numbers at 955 daily flights. June of last year averaged 2,609 daily flights. Expect to see a decline for the month of July, if TSA checkpoint numbers are anything to go by. The ratio will not be 1-to-1 however, as airlines will likely change their schedules to match the needs of their customers.

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