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March 09, 2015

U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic for January 2015 up Five Percent

International Air Traffic totaled 16.1 Million Passengers
Strong Traffic to/from Caribbean and Middle East

International non-stop air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 16.1 million passengers in January 2015, a 5.4 percent increase over January 2014.

U.S. citizen travel (6.8 million) increased 7.2 percent, raising its share to 42.3 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (9.3 million) increased by 4.2 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 8.3 million passengers, up 3.1 percent, however their share slipped from 52 to 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 7.9 million passengers, up 8.1 percent from January 2014.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 6.821 7.2% 42.3% 0.7
   Non-U.S. Citizens 9.296 4.2% 57.7% -0.7
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 8.252 3.1% 51.2% -1.2
   Foreign Flag Carriers 7.865 8.1% 48.8% 1.2

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 11.6 million passengers, 72 percent of all U.S.-international air traffic, grew by 4.8 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (5.0 million) increased 6.1 percent and comprised 42.7 percent of all overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (6.7 million) increased by 3.9 percent with their market share to slipping to 57.3 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 5.7 million passengers, up 2.1 percent, however their share dropped to 49.2 percent. Foreign flags carried 5.9 million passengers, up 7.5 percent from January 2014.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 4.971 6.1% 42.7% -0.5
   Non-U.S. Citizens 6.668 3.9% 57.3% 0.5
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 5.726 2.1% 49.2% -1.3
   Foreign Flag Carriers 5.912 7.5% 50.8% 1.3

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2015 / 2014 YTD
   Europe    3.596    22%    2.1%
   Asia    2.515    16%    2.3%
   Caribbean    1.801    11%    11.0%
   South America    1.403    9%    0.1%
   Central America    1.044    6%    4.5%
   Middle East    0.755    5%    25.2%
   Oceania    0.419    3%    6.1%
   Africa    0.104    1%    0.1%

China to U.S. 'Arrivals' (2) for January 2015:

  Non-U.S. Citizens
(Originating PRC)
U.S. Citizens
(Returning)
Total Inbound on
Non-stop Flights
Load Factor
(Estimate)
   Passengers 185,246 60,274 245,520 86.9%
   % Chg. Jan 15/14 20.0% 8.0% 16.7%  

Estimated capacity (282,665 seats) on inbound flights, up 22.7 percent year-over-year, exceeded 16.7 percent passenger growth.

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

Canadian air traffic accounted for 2.2 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, increased by 5.3 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (446,000) increased 9.6 percent and comprised 19.9 percent of all air traffic in the market. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (1.8 million) increased by 4.3 percent. Market share decreased slightly.

U.S. flags carried 871,000 passengers, up1.6 percent from last year, and their share dropped to 38.9 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.4 million passengers, up 7.8 percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 0.446 9.6% 19.9% 0.8
   Non-U.S. Citizens 1.794 4.3% 80.1% -0.8
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 0.871 1.6% 38.9% -1.4
   Foreign Flag Carriers 1.369 7.8% 61.1% 1.4

Mexico air traffic accounted for 2.2 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and was up 9.0 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (1.4 million) increased 10.4 percent and comprised 63 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (834,000) transiting through Mexico, increased by 6.6 percent, but their market share declined to 37 percent.

U.S. flags carried 1.66 million passengers, up 7.2 percent from last year, dropping their share to 74 percent. Foreign flags carried 584,000 passengers, up 14.2 percent, increasing share to 26 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 1.405 10.4% 62.7% 0.8
   Non-U.S. Citizens 0.834 6.6% 37.3% -0.8
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 1.655 7.2% 73.9% -1.3
   Foreign Flag Carriers 0.584 14.4% 26.1% 1.3

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
37.5% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers % Change y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 1,033,089 1.0%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 916,044 5.4%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 736,224 -8.6%
4. Cancun (CUN) 706,708 20.3%
5. Mexico City (MEX) 557,226 1.7%
6. Incheon (ICN) 505,293 10.7%
7. Frankfurt (FRT) 450,832 1.3%
8. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 419,258 -1.0%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 411,881 13.3%
10. Sao Paulo (GRU) 350,156 18.1%

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/from Foreign Airports):
68.0% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers % Change y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 2,071,234 2.9%
2. Miami (MIA) 1,885,920 1.0%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 1,610,956 4.6%
4. Atlanta (ATL) 900,178 7.1%
5. Newark (EWR) 884,912 4.9%
6. Chicago (ORD) 866,323 6.3%
7. Houston (IAH) 854,498 5.8%
8. San Francisco (SFO) 813,810 5.7%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 621,664 6.8%
10. Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 519,726 24.8%

Top 10 Airlines(3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
56.7% of Total Air Traffic, Down 2.1 Percentage Points from January 2014

    Passengers % Change y-o-y
1. United Airlines 2,337,225 1.6%
2. Delta Air Lines 1,863,559 8.8%
3. American Airlines 1,859,885 -4.0%
4. US Airways 580,832 -1.1%
5. British Airways 524,964 1.5%
6. JetBlue 516,225 21.4%
7. West Jet 428,362 7.4%
8. Lufthansa 378,683 2.3%
9. Air Canada (mainline) 359,507 -22.5%
10. AeroMexico 315,347 4.5%

In the third week of March NTTO will publish the January 2015 U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, after the aggregate departure data is received from Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico. (U.S. Citizen outbound is a component in the estimation of U.S. travel imports. For 2014 through December see: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2014-O-001/index.html

A description of the “I-92” 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) These reflect 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. Also, some traffic to the Middle East will connect through the U.A.E. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting visitation (1+ nights), occurs after year-end data is compiled.

(2) Non-stop air arrivals from China (PRC). Non-U.S. citizens assumed to be mostly Chinese citizens. All inbound from China, including U.S. citizens returning, compared to available seats (DIIO/Innovata) to estimate load factor. Note: PRC travelers also connect via Asian hubs or Canada when traveling to U.S.

(3) 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 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.