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U.S. - International Air Traffic totaled 15.3 Million Passengers

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

us-commerceU.S. National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) announced International air traffic to/from the U.S. in January 2014.

International air traffic to/from the U.S. (1)totaled 15.3 million passengers in January 2014, a 7.8 percent increase over January 2013. U.S. citizen travel (6.4 million) increased 7.2 percent and comprised 41.6 percent of all air traffic. However, non-U.S. citizen air travelers (8.9 million) increased by 8.1 percent raising their market share to 58 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 8.0 million passengers, up 6.0 percent, however their share slipped from 53 to 52 percent. Foreign flags carried 7.3 million passengers, up 9.6 percent from January 2013.

International

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

   U.S. Citizens

6.366

7.2%

41.6%

-0.3

   Non-U.S. Citizens

8.920

8.1%

58.1%

0.3

         

   U.S. Flag Carriers (2)

8.008

6.0%

52.4%

-0.8

   Foreign Flag Carriers

7.277

9.6%

47.6%

0.8

The following, overseas, Canada and Mexico regions are ‘breakouts’ of international:

Overseas air traffic accounted for 11.1 million passengers, 73 percent of all U.S.-international air traffic, grew by 7.3 percent. U.S. citizen travel (4.7 million) increased 5.4 percent and comprised 42.2 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (6.4 million) increased by 8.6 percent increasing their market share to 57.8 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 5.6 million passengers, up 5.9 percent, however their share dropped to 50.5 percent. Foreign flags carried 5.5 million passengers, up 8.7 percent from January 2013.

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

   U.S. Citizens

4.687

5.4%

42.2%

-0.7

   Non-U.S. Citizens

6.417

8.6%

57.8%

0.7

         

   U.S. Flag Carriers

5.607

5.9%

50.5%

-0.7

   Foreign Flag Carriers

5.497

8.7%

49.5%

0.7

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% of all
International

% Change
2013 / 2012 YTD

   Europe

   3.524

   23%

   6.7%

   Asia

   2.459

   16%

   6.6%

   Caribbean

   1.623

   11%

   6.0%

   South America

   1.396

   9%

   7.8%

   Central America

   1.000

   7%

   10.7%

   Middle East

   0.603

   4%

   12.5%

   Oceania

   0.395

   3%

   8.0%

   Africa

   0.104

   1%

   -7.7%

North American markets accounted for 27 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 2.1 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, increased by 4.5 percent. U.S. citizen travel (407,000) increased 3.3 percent and comprised 19.1 percent of all air traffic in the market. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (1.7 million) increased by 4.7 percent. Market share increased slightly.

U.S. flags carried 857,000 passengers, down 1.2 percent from last year, and their share dropped to 40.3 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.3 million passengers, up 8.7 percent.

Canada Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

   U.S. Citizens

0.407

3.3%

19.1%

-0.2

   Non-U.S. Citizens

1.720

4.7%

80.9%

0.2

         

   U.S. Flag Carriers

0.857

-1.2%

40.3%

-2.3

   Foreign Flag Carriers

1.270

8.7%

59.7%

2.3

Mexico air traffic accounted for 2.1 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up 13.7 percent. U.S. citizen travel (1.3 million) increased 15.5 percent and comprised 62 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (782,000) transiting through Mexico, increased by 11.0 percent, but their market share declined to 38 percent.

U.S. flags carried 1.54 million passengers, up 11.0 percent from last year, dropping their share to 75 percent. Foreign flags carried 510,000 passengers, up 22.9 percent, increasing share to 25 percent.

Mexican Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

   U.S. Citizens

1.272

15.5%

61.0%

0.9

   Non-U.S. Citizens

0.782

11.0%

38.1%

-0.9

         

   U.S. Flag Carriers

1.544

11.0%

75.2%

-1.8

   Foreign Flag Carriers

0.510

22.9%

24.8%

1.8

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
37.8% of Total Air Traffic

   

Passengers

% Chg y-o-y

1.

London Heathrow (LHR)

1,022,458

5.2%

2.

Toronto (YYZ)

   869,495

2.8%

3.

Tokyo Narita (NRT)

   805,101

3.1%

4.

Cancun (CUN)

   587,651

11.7%

5.

Mexico City (MEX)

   547,665

10.7%

6.

Incheon (ICT)

   456,521

5.8%

7.

Frankfurt (FRT)

   445,197

3.7%

8.

Paris/de Gaulle (CDG)

   423,312

13.0%

9.

Vancouver (YVR)

   363,552

7.6%

10.

Amsterdam (AMS)

   300,270

5.8%

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
68.9% of Total Air Traffic

   

Passengers

% Chg y-o-y

1.

New York (JFK)

2,012,602

6.2%

2.

Miami (MIA)

1,866,435

6.6%

3.

Los Angeles (LAX)

1,540,439

11.1%

4.

Newark (EWR)

   843,540

-3.9%

5.

Atlanta (ATL)

   840,813

12.1%

6.

Chicago (ORD)

   815,140

6.3%

7.

Houston (IAH)

   807,796

9.4%

8.

San Francisco (SFO)

   770,010

9.4%

9.

Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW)

   581,933

15.8%

10.

Washington Dulles (IAD)

   529,927

6.6%

Top 10 Airlines(2) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
58.6% of Total Air Traffic

   

Passengers

% Chg y-o-y

1.

United Airlines

2,299,594

-0.6%

2.

American Airlines

1,937,646

7.6%

3.

Delta Air Lines

1,712,712

17.3%

4.

US Airways

   587,559

-2.7%

5.

British Airways

   517,336

6.0%

6.

Air Canada

   463,859

-20.1%

7.

JetBlue

   425,352

22.6%

8.

West Jet

   399,015

12.7%

9.

Lufthansa

   370,314

4.6%

10.

AeroMexico

   301,739

30.4%

(1) This reflects non-stop air-only data. A portion of the non-stop passenger traffic to i.e., Europe will not visit Europe, but will connect through one of Europe’s airline hubs (LHR, AMS, FRA, CDG, MAD, etc.) to Africa and the Middle East. Â The adjustment to these regions, reflecting visitation (1+ nights), occurs after year-end data is compiled.

(2) Numbers for U.S. carriers slightly exceed what has been reported by Airlines for America. A4A reported mainline numbers for most of their member carriers. The DHS-I92/APIS data includes all carriers with international service to/from the U.S. including regional carriers, both affiliated and non-affiliated, and general aviation. The I-92APIS, however is not inclusive of Pacific inter-port or other ‘beyond’ traffic.

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