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May 29, 2015
April 2015 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Five Percent
Total U.S. - International Air Traffic up Almost Four Percent in April
International non-stop air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 63.8 million passengers through April 2015, a five percent increase over the April 2014 year-to-date period.
U.S. citizen travel (27.9 million) was up seven percent, edging up to 44 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (35.9 million) increased by three percent with resulting market share at 56 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 32.7 million passengers, up one percent, and their share slipped to 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 31.1 million passengers, up nine percent from same period 2014.
The following regions: overseas, Canada and Mexico are ‘breakouts’ of international:
Overseas air traffic accounted for 45.5 million passengers, 71 percent of all international, and grew by four percent.
U.S. citizen travel (20.2 million) was up five percent and comprised 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (25.3 million) increased by three percent, 56 percent share.
U.S. airlines carried 22.5 million passengers, up one percent, their share dropping to below 50 percent. Foreign flags carried 23.0 million passengers, up seven percent from April 2014YTD.
Overseas regions performed as follows:
China to U.S. 'Air Arrivals' (2) for April 2015:
Estimated capacity (283,496 seats) on inbound flights from PRC was up 14.4 percent year-over-year. Overall inbound passenger growth was 15.0 percent passenger growth.
North American markets accounted for 29 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.
Canadian air traffic accounted for 9.5 million passengers, 15 percent of all international traffic, and increased by five percent.
U.S. citizen travel (1.9 million) increased 11 percent and comprised 20 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (7.6 million), increased by three percent. Market share shifted down 1.2 percentage points.
U.S. flags carried 3.6 million passengers, down four percent from last year, and their share dropped to 38 percent. Foreign flags carried 6.0 million passengers, up 10 percent.
Mexico air traffic accounted for 8.8 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and was up nine percent.
U.S. citizen travel (5.8 million) increased 10 percent and comprised 66 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (3.0 million) transiting through Mexico, increased seven percent, but market share slipped to 34 percent.
U.S. flags carried 6.7 million passengers, up four percent from last year, but their share slipped to 75 percent. Foreign flags carried 2.2 million passengers, up 25 percent increasing share to 25 percent.
April 2015 Year-to-Date
Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
Top 10 Airlines(3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
Monthly % changes:
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’. For current 2015, March: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2015-O-001/index.html
A description of the “APIS” program: https://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/i92/index.html includes subscription prices for detail reports in excel and adobe.
U.S. Department of Commerce
(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: