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April 16, 2013

February 2013 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Three Percent

Total International Air Traffic was 26.7 Million Passengers
European Traffic down One Percent; South America, Middle East up Nine Percent

International air traffic to/from the U.S. (1) totaled 26.7 million passengers through February 2013, a three percent increase over February 2012 year-to-date. U.S. citizen travel (11.1 million) was flat and comprised 42 percent of all air traffic. However, non-U.S. citizen air travelers (15.6 million) increased by five percent raising their market share to 58 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 14.4 million passengers, up one percent, holding their share at 54 percent. Foreign flags carried 12.4 million passengers, up four percent from same period 2012.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 11.142 0% 42% -1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 15.579 5% 58% +1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 14.360 1% 54% 0
   Foreign Flag Carriers 12.362 4% 46% 0

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 19.2 million passengers, 72 percent of all international, and grew by two percent. U.S. citizen travel (8.2 million) decreased one percent and comprised 43 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (11.0 million) increased by five percent increasing their market share to 57 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 9.9 million passengers, up one percent, their share dropping from 53 to 52 percent. Foreign flags carried 9.3 million passengers, up four percent from February 2012 ytd.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 8.202 -1% 43% -1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 11.026 5% 57% +1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 9.942 1% 52% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 9.286 4% 48% +1

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2013 / 2012
   Europe    6.027    23%    -1%
   Asia    4.370    16%    4%
   Caribbean    2.951    11%    0%
   South America    2.402    9%    9%
   Central America    1.651    6%    5%
   Middle East    0.966    4%    9%
   Oceania    0.666    3%    2%
   Africa    0.195    1%    2%

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

Canadian air traffic accounted for 4.1 million passengers, 15 percent of all international traffic, and increased by four percent. U.S. citizen travel (759,000) increased four percent and comprised only 19 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (3.3 million), increased by four percent. Market share remained unchanged.

U.S. flags carried 1.7 million passengers, up five percent from last year, and their share remained at 42 percent. Foreign flags carried 2.4 million passengers, up four percent. .

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Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 0.759 4% 19% 0
   Non-U.S. Citizens 3.309 4% 81% 0
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 1.713 5% 42% 0
   Foreign Flag Carriers 2.355 4% 58% 0

Mexico air traffic accounted for 3.4 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up 3 percent. U.S. citizen travel (2.2 million) increased two percent and comprised 64 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (1.2 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by five percent holding market share at 36 percent.

U.S. flags carried 2.7 million passengers, up one percent from last year, and their share dropped from 80 to 79 percent. Foreign flags carried 721,000 passengers, up nine percent increasing share to 21 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 2.182 2% 64% 0
   Non-U.S. Citizens 1.244 5% 36% 0
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 2.705 1% 79% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 0.721 9% 21% +1

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

    Passengers
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 1,757,455
2. Toronto (YYZ) 1,674,703
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 1,113,583
4. Cancun (CUN) 1,059,144
5. Mexico City (MEX) 859,220
6. Incheon (ICT) 786,283
7. Frankfurt (FRT) 775,052
8. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 684,864
9. Vancouver (YVR) 666.939
10. Montreal (YUL) 564,828

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
18.3 million Passengers, 68% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers
1. New York (JFK) 3,468,042
2. Miami (MIA) 3,284,513
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 2,571,927
4. Newark (EWR) 1,607,886
5. Atlanta (ATL) 1,428,386
6. Chicago (ORD) 1,411,214
7. Houston (IAH) 1,350,405
8. San Francisco (SFO) 1,316,034
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 944,545
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 893,093

Top 10 Airlines(2) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
16.3 million Passengers, 61% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers
1. United Airlines 4,311,210
2. American Airlines 3,382,771
3. Delta Air Lines 2,801,591
4. US Airways 1,172,077
5. Air Canada 1,164,975
6. British Airways 898,385
7. West Jet 731,923
8. Jet Blue Airways 666,684
9. Lufthansa 649,045
10. Korean Air Lines 489,061

Monthly changes: January 2013 was up nearly four percent and February was up two percent. February 2013 had 28 days vs. February 2012 with 29.

Later this month OTTI will publish the February U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, when 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 2013, January: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2013-O-001/index.html

A description of the “APIS” program: http://tinet.ita.doc.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 slightly exceed what has been reported by Airlines for America. A4A reported mainline numbers for most of their member carriers. 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.