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September 29, 2014

June 2014 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Seven Percent

Total International Traffic up Seven Percent in June
Overseas up Six Percent, Canada and Mexico both up 11 Percent in June

International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1)totaled 96.1 million passengers through June 2014, a seven percent increase over the June 2013 year-to-date period.

U.S. citizen travel (43.0 million) was up eight percent and comprised 45 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (53.0 million) increased by seven percent with their market share holding at 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 50.8 million passengers, up five percent, however their share slipped to 53 percent. Foreign flags carried 45.3 million passengers, up nine percent from same period 2013.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 43.041 7.7% 44.8% 0.2
   Non-U.S. Citizens 53.047 6.7% 55.2% -0.2
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 50.815 5.2% 52.9% -0.9
   Foreign Flag Carriers 45.274 9.4% 47.1% 0.9

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 70.4 million passengers, 73 percent of all international, and grew by six percent.

U.S. citizen travel (31.9 million) was up six percent comprising 45 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (38.5 million) were up by seven percent basically holding market share at 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 35.5 million passengers, up four percent, but their share dropping to 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 34.8 million passengers, up nine percent from June 2013 YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 31.881 6.2% 45.3% -0.1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 38.480 6.6% 54.7% 0.1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 35.550 4.2% 50.5% -1.1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 34.811 8.7% 49.5% 1.1

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2014 / 2013
   Europe    26.216    27%    5.4%
   Asia    14.324    15%    5.2%
   Caribbean    10.498    11%    7.1%
   South America    7.375    8%    5.1%
   Central America    5.387    6%    11.7%
   Middle East    3.780    4%    15.9%
   Oceania    2.126    2%    2.1%
   Africa    0.656    1%    -1.1%

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

Canadian air traffic accounted for 13.6 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by seven percent.

U.S. citizen travel (3.3 million) increased nine percent and comprised 24 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (10.4 million), increased by six percent. Market share slightly declined to 76 percent.

U.S. flags carried 5.9 million passengers, up three percent from last year, and their share dropped to 43 percent. Foreign flags carried 7.8 million passengers, up nine percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 3.279 8.7% 24.0% 0.4
   Non-U.S. Citizens 10.366 6.0% 76.0% -0.4
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 5.873 3.3% 43.0% -1.4
   Foreign Flag Carriers 7.772 9.3% 57.0% 1.4

Mexico air traffic accounted for 12.1 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up 13 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (7.9 million) increased 14 percent and comprised 65 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (4.2 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by 10 percent, but market share dropped to 35 percent.

U.S. flags carried 9.4 million passengers, up 11 percent from last year, but their share slipped from 79 to 78 percent. Foreign flags carried 2.7 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 7.882 13.8% 65.2% 0.8
   Non-U.S. Citizens 4.201 10.0% 34.8% -0.8
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 9.392 10.6% 77.7% -1.4
   Foreign Flag Carriers 2.691 19.8% 22.3% 1.4

June 2014 Year-to-Date

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

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 6.859 1.9%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 5.723 6.2%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 4.629 -1.0%
4. Cancun (CUN) 3.826 11.6%
5. Paris (CDG) 3.116 9.3%
6. Frankfurt (FRT) 3.104 0.0%
7. Mexico City (MEX) 2.997 9.7%
8. Incheon (ICN) 2.495 3.1%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 2.355 9.6%
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 2.149 0.9%

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

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 13.278 7.1%
2. Miami (MIA) 10.126 2.5%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 9.343 10.3%
4. Chicago (ORD) 5.794 10.5%
5. Newark (EWR) 5.784 1.9%
6. Atlanta (ATL) 5.395 7.5%
7. Houston (IAH) 4.988 12.0%
8. San Francisco (SFO) 4.988 8.7%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 3.469 9.3%
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 3.413 4.1%

Top 10 Airlines(2) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
56.8 million Passengers, 59% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. United Airlines 15.097 3.1%
2. Delta Air Lines 11.197 10.3%
3. American Airlines 11.144 2.6%
4. US Airways 4.231 1.1%
5. British Airways 3.430 3.8%
6. JetBlue 2.705 22.0%
7. Lufthansa 2.577 0.6%
8. Air Canada (mainline) 2.515 -25.7%
9. West Jet 2.299 9.9%
10. Air France 1.638 4.5%

Monthly % changes:
January 2014 traffic up 7.7 percent; February, up 5.5 percent; March, up 3.0 percent; April, up 9.6 percent; May, up 9.9 percent; and June, up 7.3 percent.

Subsequently NTTO will publish the June U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, as aggregate Canadian and Mexican departure data is received from Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico, respectively. (U.S. Citizen outbound is a component in the estimation of U.S. travel ‘imports’. For current 2014, http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2014-O-001/index.html

A description of the “APIS” program: http://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/i92/index.html includes subscription prices for detail reports in excel and adobe.

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(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. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting visitation (1+ nights), occurs after year-end data is compiled.

(2) Numbers for U.S. carriers varies from what has been reported by Airlines for America. A4A reported mainline numbers for most of their member carriers. A4A includes Canada in Domestic. 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.

Performance metrics reported are:

  • Total international air travel (arrivals + departures),
  • U.S. citizen and foreign citizen air travelers,
  • U.S. flag and foreign flag carriers,
  • Top U.S. and foreign airports.