The number of people flying into the United States has plummeted to just 2% of last year’s arrivals, according to new US government data.
Figures from Customs and Border Protection show only 218,347 people have entered the country in April, compared to nearly 10.8 million people in April 2019. The figures are through April 28.
In March, air arrivals dropped by more than half: 5.4 million compared to 11.4 million in 2019.
In February, slightly more people flew into the US in 2020 than in 2019.
Airlines have nearly eliminated service between the US and foreign destinations, and are currently flying only about 5% of typical international schedules.
The number of people on each international flight has started to tick up in the second half of April, according to the airline industry group Airlines for America, though some of that may be due to airlines condensing nearly-empty international flights. The average international flight now carries 28 or 29 passengers, compared to 26 as of last Friday and 24 in the middle of the month.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, which is part of a major international flight network, said he expects little or no increase in flying as the summer travel season begins.