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November 26, 2013

July 2013 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Four Percent

Total International Traffic up Four Percent in July
Europe up One Percent, Asia Five Percent and South America up Nine Percent in July

International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1)totaled 108.0 million passengers through July 2013, a four percent increase over the July 2012 year-to-date period. U.S. citizen travel (48.8 million) was up three percent and comprised 45 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (59.1 million) increased by five percent with their market share at 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 58.3 million passengers, up three percent, with their share at 54 percent. Foreign flags carried 50.0 million passengers, up five percent from same period 2012.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 48.830 2.7% 45% -0.5
   Non-U.S. Citizens 59.131 4.7% 55% +0.5
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 58.294 2.7% 54% -0.5
   Foreign Flag Carriers 49.667 5.0% 46% +0.5

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 80.1 million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by three percent. U.S. citizen travel (36.8 million) was up one percent comprising 46 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (43.3 million) were up by five percent increasing their market share to 54 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 41.4 million passengers, up two percent, their share holding at 52 percent. Foreign flags carried 38.7 million passengers, up five percent from July 2012 YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 36.754 1.3% 46% -1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 43.296 5.0% 54% +1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 41.365 1.9% 52% 0
   Foreign Flag Carriers 38.685 4.9% 48% 0

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2013 / 2012 YTD
   Europe    30.722    28%    1.0%
   Asia    16.131    15%    4.5%
   Caribbean    11.889    11%    0.9%
   South America    8.343    8%    9.0%
   Central America    5.774    5%    4.6%
   Middle East    3.915    4%    9.6%
   Oceania    2.480    2%    8.0%
   Africa    0.797    1%    -1.7%

North American markets accounted for 26 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 15.1 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by four percent. U.S. citizen travel (3.9 million) increased seven percent and comprised 26 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (11.2 million), increased by three percent. Market share declined to 74 percent.

U.S. flags carried 6.9 million passengers, up four percent from last year, and their share remained at 46 percent. Foreign flags carried 8.2 million passengers, up four percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 3.910 6.5% 26% +1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 11.174 3.0% 74% -1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 6.875 4.0% 46% 0
   Foreign Flag Carriers 8.209 3.8% 54% 0

Mexico air traffic accounted for 12.8 million passengers, 12 percent of all international traffic, and was up seven percent. U.S. citizen travel (8.2 million) increased seven percent and comprised 64 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (4.7 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by six percent, dropping market share to 36 percent.

U.S. flags carried 10.1 million passengers, up six percent from last year, and their share slipped to 78 percent. Foreign flags carried 2.8 million passengers, up 12 percent increasing share to 22 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 8.165 7.3% 64% +1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 4.661 6.0% 36% -1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 10.054 5.6% 78% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 2.773 11.7% 22% +1

July 2013 Year-to-Date

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

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 8.113 0.9%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 6.336 5.5%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 5.541 2.2%
4. Cancun (CUN) 4.011 7.5%
5. Frankfurt (FRT) 3.806 1.0%
6. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 3.556 1.1%
7. Mexico City (MEX) 3.328 9.6%
8. Incheon (ICT) 2.878 5.6%
9. Amsterdam (AMS) 2.611 5.4%
10. Vancouver (YVR) 2.609 -1.1%

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

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 15.116 4.1%
2. Miami (MIA) 11.774 4.0%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 10.229 2.4%
4. Newark (EWR) 6.818 0.1%
5. Chicago (ORD) 6.376 3.2%
6. Atlanta (ATL) 6.062 3.8%
7. San Francisco (SFO) 5.543 2.5%
8. Houston (IAH) 5.397 2.3%
9. Washington Dulles (IAD) 3.993 4.0%
10. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 3.883 11.9%

Top 10 Airlines(2) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
64.4 million Passengers, 60% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. United Airlines 17.596 1.2%
2. American Airlines 13.070 1.0%
3. Delta Air Lines 12.470 5.5%
4. US Airways 5.044 3.4%
5. British Airways 3.931 2.7%
6. Air Canada 3.872 -1.2%
7. Lufthansa 3.109 3.8%
8. Jet Blue Airways 2.721 10.8%
9. West Jet 2.356 9.1%
10. Air France 1.943 -2.8%

Monthly % changes:
January 2013 traffic up 3.5 percent; February, up 1.9 percent; March, up 7.0 percent
(Note: Easter/Passover was ‘earlier’ this year (March 31) vs. April 8, 2012); April, up 0.7 percent; May, up 4.2 percent; June, up 5.1 percent and July, up 3.5%.

Later this month OTTI will publish the July 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, June: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2013-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.