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May 6, 2013

First Quarter 2013 U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Four Percent

Total International Traffic was up Seven Percent in March (Early Easter/Passover)
South America and Middle East up 10 Percent for Q1

International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 42.6 million passengers through March 2013, a four percent increase over the March 2012 year-to-date period. U.S. citizen travel (18.2 million) was up two percent and comprised 43 percent of all air traffic. However, non-U.S. citizen air travelers (24.4 million) increased by six percent raising their market share to 57 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 23.0 million passengers, up three percent, however their share slipped to 54 percent. Foreign flags carried 19.5 million passengers, up six percent from same period 2012.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 18.163 2% 43% -1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 24.390 6% 57% +1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 23.023 3% 54% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 19.530 6% 46% +1

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 30.5 million passengers, 72 percent of all international, and grew by four percent. U.S. citizen travel (13.4 million) was flat and comprised 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (17.1 million) increased by seven percent increasing their market share to 56 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 15.9 million passengers, up two percent, their share dropping from 53 to 52 percent. Foreign flags carried 14.6 million passengers, up six percent from March 2012 YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 13.380 1% 44% -1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 17.122 7% 56% +1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 15.892 2% 52% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 14.610 6% 48% +1

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2013 / 2012 YTD
   Europe    9.968    23%    0%
   Asia    6.760    16%    6%
   Caribbean    4.826    11%    3%
   South America    3.602    8%    10%
   Central America    2.560    6%    6%
   Middle East    1.492    3%    10%
   Oceania    1.009    2%    5%
   Africa    0.306    1%    1%

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

Canadian air traffic accounted for 6.5 million passengers, 15 percent of all international traffic, and increased by five percent. U.S. citizen travel (1.2 million) increased six percent and comprised only 18 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (5.3 million), increased by five percent. Market share remained unchanged at 82 percent.

U.S. flags carried 2.7 million passengers, up five percent from last year, and their share remained at 42 percent. Foreign flags carried 3.8 million passengers, up five percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 1.203 5% 18% 0
   Non-U.S. Citizens 5.307 6% 82% 0
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 2.709 5% 42% 0
   Foreign Flag Carriers 3.801 5% 58% 0

Mexico air traffic accounted for 5.5 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up six percent. U.S. citizen travel (3.6 million) increased five percent and comprised 65 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (1.96 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by nine percent, holding market share at 35 percent.

U.S. flags carried 4.4 million passengers, up five percent from last year, and their share dropped from 81 to 80 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.1 million passengers, up 12 percent increasing share to 20 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 3.580 5% 65% 0
   Non-U.S. Citizens 1.961 9% 35% 0
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 4.421 5% 80% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 1.119 12% 20% +1

First Quarter 2013

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

    Passengers (millions)
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 2.870
2. Toronto (YYZ) 2.702
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 2.374
4. Cancun (CUN) 1.754
5. Mexico City (MEX) 1.339
6. Frankfurt (FRT) 1.269
7. Incheon (ICT) 1.170
8. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 1.128
9. Vancouver (YVR) 1.044
10. Montreal (YUL) 0.915

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

    Passengers (millions)
1. New York (JFK) 5.580
2. Miami (MIA) 5.044
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 3.994
4. Newark (EWR) 2.599
5. Atlanta (ATL) 2.298
6. Chicago (ORD) 2.287
7. Houston (IAH) 2.157
8. San Francisco (SFO) 2.039
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 1.483
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 1.440

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

    Passengers (millions)
1. United Airlines 6.920
2. American Airlines 5.310
3. Delta Air Lines 4.575
4. US Airways 1.918
5. Air Canada 1.869
6. British Airways 1.447
7. West Jet 1.172
8. Lufthansa 1.077
9. Jet Blue Airways 1.072
10. Korean Air Lines 0.754

Monthly % changes:
January 2013 traffic was up 3.5 percent, February, up 1.9 percent and March, up 7.0 percent.
Note: Easter/Passover was ‘earlier’ this year (March 31) vs. April 8, 2012

Later this month OTTI will publish the March 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, February: 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 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.