Consumption of U.S jet fuel on Aug. 16, 2020, was 43% of what had been consumed one year earlier, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported.
The EIA estimated that U.S. aviation consumed 612,000 barrels per day of fuel on Aug. 16, 2020.
The U.S. aviation fuel recovery is considerably better than other parts of the world, the federal agency said.
The recovery rate in Europe is 36%, 30% in the Middle East and North Africa, 31% in the rest of Africa, 28% in the rest of Asia and 24% in the rest of the Americas.
China including Hong Kong and Macau used 60% of the amount of aviation used the previous year, it said.
Recovery depends on the timing of the disease’s arrival, the extent of government-required restrictions and each country’s ability to control the disease.
The number of U.S. domestic flights dropped sharply from January 2020 to July 2020.
In January, there were 24,900 U.S. flights per day, and that dipped to 13,700 per day in July, a drop of 51% from July 2019.
International flights have been impacted more than U.S. domestic flights, the EIA said.
U.S. domestic flights used 47% less fuel from January 2020 to July 2020 with a 70% decline for international flights in the same period.
Consequently, the overall share of commercial passenger jet fuel consumed by domestic flights increased from an average of 56% in January 2020 to an average of 69% in July 2020, it said.
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