UPS Experiences Double-Digit Drop in Flights Operated

UPS Experiences Double-Digit Drop in Flights Operated
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UPS has started out 2024 with a double-digit drop in flights operated, as per data observed by

Such percentages are compared to the same period last year, with the carrier now at pre-pandemic levels, more or less.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

UPS Experiences Double-Digit Drop in Flights Operated…

UPS Experiences Double-Digit Drop in Flights Operated
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For January 30-February 6, UPS operated 480 flights, based on a seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.

This represents a drop of 12.09% compared to the same period last year, and is only six movements above pre-pandemic levels.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data based on the carrier:

Date2019 Numbers2020 Numbers2021 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 Numbers2024 NumbersPercentage Difference (2024 vs. 2023)
January 2-9450 movements416 movements198 movements467 movements378 movements376 movements-0.53%
January 9-16484 movements543 movements581 movements554 movements477 movements466 movements-2.31%
January 16-23474 movements531 movements563 movements554 movements477 movements418 movements-12.37%
January 23-30474 movements521 movements568 movements569 movements551 movements481 movements-12.70%

What we can see from the data is that UPS no longer has the same level of demand experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is seen through the uptick in flights from 2020-2022.

Looking ahead, all eyes will be on what 2024 will look like for the carrier, as well as whether they could get the movement numbers back into the 500s.

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