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U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic breaks record in 2014

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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The National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO) of United States announced total number of air passengers flying to and from U.S. in 2014. The announcement also includes details of international traffic, Top 10 U.S. and foreign airports, Top 10 countries for U.S. air traffic, Top 10 Airlines serving U.S. international non-stop markets.

International non-stop air traffic to/from the U.S. totaled 197.3 million passengers in 2014, a seven percent increase over 2013. U.S. citizen travel (86.4 million) was up almost seven percent and comprised 44 percent of all air traffic.

Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (110.4 million) increased by six percent with their market share at 56 percent, relatively unchanged from 2013.

U.S. airlines carried 102.1 million passengers, up four percent, with their share at 52 percent, down from 2013. Foreign flags carried 95.2 million passengers, up 10 percent from 2013.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 86.422 6.7% 43.8% 0.1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 110.920 6.2% 56.2% -0.1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 102.103 3.7% 51.7% -1.4
   Foreign Flag Carriers 95.239 9.5% 48.3% 1.4

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 146.5 million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by six percent in 2014.

U.S. citizen travel (64.5 million) was up almost six percent comprising 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travel (82.0 million) was up by six percent with their market share at 56 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 72.3 million passengers, up three percent, their share at 49 percent. Foreign flags carried 74.2 million passengers, up nine percent from 2013.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 64.513 5.6% 44.0% -0.1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 82.006 6.0% 56.0% 0.1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 72.301 2.9% 49.3% -1.4
   Foreign Flag Carriers 74.218 8.8% 50.7% 1.4

 

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2014 / 2013 YTD
   Europe    57.096    29%    4.7%
   Asia    29.431    15%    5.1%
   Caribbean    20.873    11%    8.2%
   South America    14.885    8%    2.0%
   Central America    10.416    5%    9.5%
   Middle East    8.029    4%    17.7%
   Oceania    4.418    2%    1.9%
   Africa    1.370    1%    0.1%

 

China to U.S. 'Arrivals' (2) for December 2014:

  Non-U.S. Citizens
(Originating PRC)
U.S. Citizens
(Returning)
Total Inbound on
Non-stop Flights
Load Factor (Est.)
   Passengers 133,552 70.278 203,830 73.8%
   % Chg. Dec 14/13 22.0% -2.4% 12.3%  

Estimated capacity (seats) on inbound flights, up 24 percent year-over-year, exceeded 12.3 percent passenger growth

North American markets accounted for 26 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 27.5 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by seven percent.

U.S. citizen travel (7.6 million) increased eight percent and comprised 27 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (20.0 million), increased by six percent. Market share was at 73 percent.

U.S. flags carried 12.3 million passengers, up three percent from 2013, with their share at almost 45 percent. Foreign flags carried 15.2 million passengers, up 11 percent, increasing market share.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 7.553 8.4% 27.4% 0.3
   Non-U.S. Citizens 19.978 6.4% 72.6% -0.3
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 12.317 2.8% 44.7% -1.8
   Foreign Flag Carriers 15.214 10.6% 55.3% 1.8

Mexico air traffic accounted for 23.3 million passengers, 12 percent of all international traffic, and was up 10 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (14.4 million) increased 11 percent and comprised 62 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (8.9 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by eight percent, with market share 38 percent.

U.S. flags carried 17.5 million passengers, up eight percent from 2013, however their share slipped to 75 percent. Foreign flags carried 5.8 million passengers, up 18 percent increasing share to 25 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 14.356 11.2% 61.6% 0.6
   Non-U.S. Citizens 8.936 8.3% 38.4% -0.6
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 17.485 7.7% 75.1% -1.6
   Foreign Flag Carriers 5.807 17.8% 24.9% 1.6

 

Annual 2014

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
77.2 million Passengers, 39% of Total International Air Traffic

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 14.517 1.1%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 11.671 7.3%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 9.413 -1.9%
4. Cancun (CUN) 7.072 14.5%
5. Frankfurt (FRT) 6.677 -0.3%
6. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 6.622 3.7%
7. Mexico City (MEX) 6.356 7.0%
8. Incheon (ICN) 5.286 5.0%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 4.868 9.6%
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 4.697 2.1%

Top 10 Countries (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
120.1 million Passengers, 61% of Total International Air Traffic

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y % U.S. Citizen
1. Canada 27.531 7.0% 28%
2. Mexico 23.292 10.1% 62%
3. United Kingdom 17.881 2.0% 37%
4. Japan 12.077 -2.6% 24%
5. Germany 10.562 0.6% 44%
6. France 6.733 3.5% 47%
7. Dominican Republic 6.262 13.8% 73%
8. South Korea 5.347 4.9% 32%
9. Brazil 5.172 7.4% 18%
10. China (PRC) 5.137 16.6% 31%

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/from Foreign Airports):
137.9 million Passengers, 69% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 28.436 6.7%
2. Miami (MIA) 20.355 1.2%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 19.363 9.1%
4. Newark (EWR) 12.062 4.1%
5. Chicago (ORD) 12.051 7.8%
6. Atlanta (ATL) 10.877 6.2%
7. San Francisco (SFO) 10.330 6.5%
8. Houston (IAH) 9.931 10.0%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 7.253 8.5%
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 7.206 4.0%

Top 10 Airlines (3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
114.5 million Passengers, 58% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. United Airlines 30.534 3.2%
2. Delta Air Lines 23.090 6.9%
3. American Airlines 22.235 -0.4%
4. US Airways 8.162 -0.2%
5. British Airways 7.190 4.0%
6. JetBlue Airways 5.764 23.2%
7. Lufthansa 5.515 2.2%
8. Air Canada (mainline) 4.288 -28.2%
9. West Jet 4.281 9.6%
10. Air France 3.457 0.7%
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