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U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic in 2014

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

International air traffic to/from the U.S. totaled 61.0 million passengers through April 2014, a six percent increase over the April 2013 year-to-date period.

airport-crowdU.S. citizen travel (26.2 million) was up seven percent edging up to 43 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (34.7 million) increased by six percent with market share at 57 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 32.4 million passengers, up five percent, however their share slipped to 53 percent. Foreign flags carried 28.6 million passengers, up eight percent from same period 2013.

International

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

   U.S. Citizens

26.204

6.8%

43.0%

0.2

   Non-U.S. Citizens

34.748

6.1%

57.0%

-0.2

         

   U.S. Flag Carriers (2)

32.394

4.9%

53.1%

-0.8

   Foreign Flag Carriers

28.557

8.1%

46.9%

0.8

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 43.7 million passengers, 72 percent of all international, and grew by six percent.

U.S. citizen travel (19.1 million) was up five percent and comprised 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (24.5 million) increased by six percent, 56 percent share.

U.S. airlines carried 22.3 million passengers, up four percent, their share dropping from 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 21.4 million passengers, up eight percent from April 2012 YTD.

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

   U.S. Citizens

19.146

5.2%

43.8%

-0.2

   Non-U.S. Citizens

24.543

6.1%

56.2%

0.2

         

   U.S. Flag Carriers

22.293

4.0%

51.0%

-0.9

   Foreign Flag Carriers

21.396

7.6%

49.0%

0.9

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% of all 
International

% Change 
2014 / 2013

   Europe

   14.957

   24%

   5.0%

   Asia

   9.251

   15%

   4.4%

   Caribbean

   6.822

   11%

   5.4%

   South America

   4.884

   8%

   4.2%

   Central America

   3.671

   6%

   11.5%

   Middle East

   2.311

   4%

   15.1%

   Oceania

   1.394

   2%

   3.1%

   Africa

   0.397

   1%

   -3.9%

North American markets accounted for 28 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 9.1 million passengers, 15 percent of all international traffic, and increased by five percent.

U.S. citizen travel (1.7 million) increased six percent and comprised 19 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (7.4 million), increased by five percent. Market share remained at circa 81 percent.

U.S. flags carried 3.7 million passengers, up two percent from last year, and their share dropped to 41 percent. Foreign flags carried 5.4 million passengers, up seven percent.

Canada Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

   U.S. Citizens

1.747

5.5%

19.2%

0.1

   Non-U.S. Citizens

7.375

4.8%

80.2%

-0.2

         

   U.S. Flag Carriers

3.723

2.2%

40.8%

-1.1

   Foreign Flag Carriers

5.400

6.9%

59.2%

1.1

Mexico air traffic accounted for 8.1 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up 12 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (5.3 million) increased 13 percent and comprised 65 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (2.8 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by 10 percent, but market share slipped to 35 percent.

U.S. flags carried 6.4 million passengers, up 10 percent from last year, but heir share slipped to 78 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.8 million passengers, up 20 percent increasing share to 22 percent.

Mexican Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

   U.S. Citizens

5.311

13.3%

65.2%

0.7

   Non-U.S. Citizens

2.830

9.5%

34.8%

-0.7

         

   U.S. Flag Carriers

6.379

10.1%

78.4%

-1.3

   Foreign Flag Carriers

1.762

19.5%

20.3%

1.3

April 2014 Year-to-Date

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
23.4 million Passengers, 38% of Total International Air Traffic

   

Passengers (mlns)

% Change y-o-y

1.

London Heathrow (LHR)

4.134

2.9%

2.

Toronto (YYZ)

3.772

4.0%

3.

Tokyo Narita (NRT)

3.041

-1.2%

4.

Cancun (CUN)

2.547

10.1%

5.

Mexico City (MEX)

1.969

11.0%

6.

Paris/de Gaulle (CDG)

1.793

10.2%

7.

Frankfurt (FRT)

1.784

-0.2%

8.

Incheon (ICN)

1.612

4.1%

9.

Vancouver (YVR)

1.497

8.1%

10.

Montreal (YUL)

1.255

3.8%

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
41.7 million Passengers, 68% of Total Air Traffic/

   

Passengers (mlns)

% Change y-o-y

1.

New York (JFK)

8.114

6.1%

2.

Miami (MIA)

6.802

2.6%

3.

Los Angeles (LAX)

5.903

9.6%

4.

Newark (EWR)

3.609

0.7%

5.

Chicago (ORD)

3.441

9.9%

6.

Atlanta (ATL)

3.380

7.9%

7.

Houston (IAH)

3.182

10.6%

8.

San Francisco (SFO)

3.060

9.8%

9.

Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW)

2.179

10.1%

10.

Washington Dulles (IAD)

2.062

4.1%

Top 10 Airlines(2) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
36.4million Passengers, 60% of Total Air Traffic

   

Passengers (mlns)

% Change y-o-y

1.

United Airlines (UA)

9.553

2.2%

2.

American Airlines (AA)

7.258

3.0%

3.

Delta Air Lines (DL)

6.980

12.2%

4.

US Airways (US)

2.597

-0.7%

5.

British Airways (BA)

2.107

4.4%

6.

Air Canada (AC)

1.905

-22.4%

7.

JetBlue (B6)

1.726

17.4%

8.

West Jet (WS)

1.701

9.7%

9.

Lufthansa (LH)

1.496

-1.7%

10.

AeroMexico (AM)

1.055

26.6%

Monthly % changes: 
January 2014 traffic was up 7.7 percent, February, up 5.5 percent, March, up 3.0 percent. 
(Note: Easter/Passover was later this year (April 20) vs. March 31, 2013) and April, up 9.6%.

Later this month NTTO will publish the April U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, as aggregate Canadian and Mexican departure data have been received from Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico, respectively. (U.S. Citizen outbound is a component in the estimation of U.S. travel ‘imports’.

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