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Monthly Update: Aviation

June '21, latest data
Published on 7/26/21
Monthly Update: Aviation

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The Houston Airport System (HAS) handled 4.4 million passengers in June ’21, up from 954,327 passengers handled during June ’20. This is the highest monthly total since February ’20.

While passenger volumes are still down from pre-pandemic numbers, demand ramped up in both May and June ’21 as businesses reopened and more of the public received vaccinations. The increase in air travel has mostly been for leisure purposes, but reports show that domestic business and corporate travel are expected to show a strong recovery by fall. Although it has yet to affect demand, the continued increase in positive cases for the Delta and other COVID-19 variants could slow this trend.  

HAS handled 29.7 million passengers in the 12 months ending June ’21, a 52.2 percent decrease from the 62.1 million handled over the same period in ’20. 

  • The 12-month international passenger volume totaled 4.3 million, down 49.4 percent from 8.5 million in the preceding 12 months. 
  • Domestic volume totaled 25.4 million, a 52.6 percent decrease from 53.6 million.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global trade group representing most of the world’s major airlines and cargo carriers, doesn’t expect the industry to recover before ’24.

Prepared by Greater Houston Partnership Research

Heath Duran
Manager, Research

Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research

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HAS handled 4.4 million passengers in June ’21.

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