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

FILE PHOTO: A passenger makes his way through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia

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.

(Reporting by David Shepardson)