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September 22, 2010

U.S. INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL ABROAD UP 11 PERCENT IN JUNE 2010 (1)

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that U.S. outbound non-stop air passenger traffic totaled 4.4 million in June 2010, increasing 11 percent compared to June 2009 and registering the sixth month over month increase since December 2009. All outbound markets posted increases in passenger departures. Six of the eight overseas regions experienced double digit growth rates. U.S. air departures to Mexico also registered double-digit growth. Oceania and the Middle East region experienced the strongest growth at 34 and 24 percent, respectively.

In the first six months of 2010, outbound air traffic increased five percent when compared to the same period in 2009, reaching 19.5 million. Positive growth occurred in six of the eight overseas regions, with Oceania, the Middle East, Africa and Asia posting double-digit increases. Outbound travel to Mexico was up eight percent. Travel also increased to Canada, up six percent in the first six months of the year.

U.S. spending in June 2010 by U.S. travelers on foreign carrier passenger fares totaled $2.4 billion (imports), up 19 percent compared to June 2009. For the month, the balance of trade for passenger fares was a $206 million surplus (foreign passenger fares on U.S. carriers [exports] exceeded imports).

Highlights: U.S. Citizen Air Traffic to Overseas Regions, Canada & Mexico

  • Overseas markets increased 11 percent in June and increased four percent year to date.
  • Europe increased 11 percent for the month but decreased one percent for the year.
  • Asia grew 14 percent for the month and was up ten percent year to date.
  • Canada increased nine percent for the month and grew six percent for the year.
  • The Caribbean increased six percent in June and increased four percent year to date.
  • For the month, air traffic to Mexico increased 15 percent. For the year, air traffic to Mexico increased eight percent.
  • South America was up five percent for the month and grew one percent year to date.
  • Central America increased five percent for the month but was down three percent year to date.
  • The Middle East was up 24 percent in June and up 30 percent for the year.
  • Oceania increased 34 percent for the month and grew 18 percent year to date.
  • Africa increased 20 percent for the month and increased 17 percent for the year.

Background
Industry & Analysis' Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) collects, analyzes and disseminates international travel and tourism statistics for the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. To view the OTTI U.S. departure data tables that provide monthly estimates of U.S. air travel abroad by world region and the rate of change each month and year-to-date, please visit: <http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2010-O-001/index.html>.

For more detailed information on the U.S. international travel abroad research program, please visit: <http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/i92/index.html>.

U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 1003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-0140; Fax: (202) 482-2887
Website: <www.tinet.ita.doc.gov>
Email: Otti@trade.gov


1 Throughout this report, percent changes posted for U.S. air travelers for June 2010 were calculated by comparing data in June 2010 to data in June 2009. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2010 were calculated by comparing data January - June 2010 to data January - June 2009.