U.S. Airlines June 2021 Fuel Use Up 8.1% from May But Still Down 23.8% from June 2019

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released U.S. airlines’ June Fuel Cost and Consumption numbers.

Fuel consumed by U.S. airlines scheduled service:

June 2020                           558 million gallons
May 2021                          1.1 billion gallons
June 2021                          1.2 billion gallons

U.S. airlines used 8.1% more fuel (1.2 billion gallons) in June 2021 than in May 2021 (1.1 billion gallons) to reach the highest monthly consumption level since February 2020 (1.3 billion gallons). June 2021 fuel consumption was more than double that of June 2020 (558 million gallons) but still 23.8% lower than in pre-pandemic June 2019 (1.6 billion gallons). The cost per gallon rose 2.0% to $2.02 per gallon in June from $1.98 in May.

Fuel cost per gallon for U.S. airlines scheduled service:

June 2020                    $1.08
May 2021                    $1.98
June 2021                    $2.02

The June 2021 cost per gallon ($2.02) for aviation fuel was up 4 cents per gallon from May 2021 ($1.98) to reach the highest level since May 2019 ($2.11). The June 2021 cost per gallon was up from both June 2020 ($1.08) and June 2019 ($2.01).

Total fuel cost for U.S. airlines scheduled service:

June 2020                    $604 million
May 2021                    $2.3 billion
June 2021                    $2.5 billion

Total June 2021 fuel cost ($2.5 billion) was up from May 2021 ($2.3 billion) to reach the highest level since January 2020 ($2.9 billion).