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January 29, 2014

U.S.-International Air Passenger Traffic a Record 185.4 Million in 2013

Total U.S.-International Traffic up Eight Percent in December, Four Percent for the Year
U.S. Citizens Accounted for 44 Percent; U.S. Airlines Carried 53 Percent of All Traffic

U.S. - International Air traffic

International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 185.4 million passengers in 2013, a four percent increase over 2012.

U.S. citizen travel (81.0 million) was up almost four percent and comprised 44 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (104.4 million) increased by five percent with their market share at 56 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 98.4 million passengers, up three percent, with their share at 53 percent, down from 2012. Foreign flags carried 86.9 million passengers, up six percent from 2012.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 80.972 3.6% 43.7% -0.3
   Non-U.S. Citizens 104.412 5.1% 56.3% 0.3
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 98.447 3.3% 53.1% -0.6
   Foreign Flag Carriers 86.937 5.7% 46.9% 0.6

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 138.5 million passengers, 75 percent of all international, and grew by four percent in 2013.

U.S. citizen travel (61.1 million) was up two percent comprising 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (77.4 million) were up by almost six percent with their market share at 56 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 70.2 million passengers, up three percent, their share at 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 68.2 million passengers, up six percent from 2012.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 61.094 2.4% 44.1% -0.8
   Non-U.S. Citizens 77.390 5.5% 55.9% 0.8
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 70.238 2.6% 50.7% -0.8
   Foreign Flag Carriers 68.246 5.7% 49.3% 0.8

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2013 / 2012 YTD
   Europe    54.547    29%    2.5%
   Asia    28.007    15%    4.3%
   Caribbean    19.292    10%    1.7%
   South America    14.599    8%    9.4%
   Central America    9.513    5%    4.8%
   Middle East    6.820    4%    10.9%
   Oceania    4.337    2%    8.1%
   Africa    1.369    1%    -2.0%

North American markets accounted for 25 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 25.7 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by four percent.

U.S. citizen travel (7.0 million) increased almost seven percent and comprised 27 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (18.8 million), increased by three percent. Market share was at 73 percent.

U.S. flags carried 12.0 million passengers, up four percent from last year, with their share at almost 47 percent. Foreign flags carried 13.8 million passengers, up four percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 6.967 6.5% 27.1% 0.7
   Non-U.S. Citizens 18.773 3.0% 72.9% -0.7
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 11.979 4.1% 46.5% 0
   Foreign Flag Carriers 13.761 3.8% 53.5% 0

Mexico air traffic accounted for 21.2 million passengers, 11 percent of all international traffic, and was up seven percent.

U.S. citizen travel (12.9 million) increased eight percent and comprised 61 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (8.2 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by almost six percent, with market share 39 percent.

U.S. flags carried 16.2 million passengers, up six percent from last year, however their share slipped to 77 percent. Foreign flags carried 4.9 million passengers, up 11 percent increasing share to 23 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 12.911 8.0% 61.0% 0.5
   Non-U.S. Citizens 8.249 5.5% 39.0% -0.5
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 16.230 5.8% 76.7% -0.9
   Foreign Flag Carriers 4.930 11.3% 23.3% 0.9

Annual 2013

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
74.1 million Passengers, 40% of Total International Air Traffic

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 14.357 2.1%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 10.875 4.5%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 9.597 -0.1%
4. Frankfurt (FRT) 6.695 1.9%
5. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 6.383 4.7%
6. Cancun (CUN) 6.176 7.3%
7. Mexico City (MEX) 5.942 8.9%
8. Incheon (ICT) 5.035 5.7%
9. Amsterdam (AMS) 4.601 5.1%
10. Vancouver (YVR) 4.440 0.4%

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/from Foreign Airports):
129.9 million Passengers, 70% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 26.662 5.4%
2. Miami (MIA) 20.118 4.7%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 17.753 3.7%
4. Newark (EWR) 11.587 1.1%
5. Chicago (ORD) 11.183 5.1%
6. Atlanta (ATL) 10.228 4.0%
7. San Francisco (SFO) 9.698 3.7%
8. Houston (IAH) 9.030 3.5%
9. Washington Dulles (IAD) 6.931 4.2%
10. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 6.686 11.3%

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

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. United Airlines 29.577 1.8%
2. American Airlines 22.318 2.0%
3. Delta Air Lines 21.596 7.7%
4. US Airways 8.177 2.5%
5. British Airways 6.912 3.8%
6. Air Canada (mainline) 5.978 -9.0%
7. Lufthansa 5.394 3.7%
8. Jet Blue Airways 4.677 11.8%
9. West Jet 3.906 8.8%
10. Air France 3.434 -1.2%

Monthly % changes (Notes):
Easter/Passover was ‘earlier’ in 2013 (March 31) vs. 2012 (April 8).
Thanksgiving occurred later in 2013 (Nov. 28) than in 2012 (Nov. 22).

By the third week of February 2014 NTTO will publish the Annual 2013 U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, after the 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 November 2013 YTD 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 Survey of International Air Traveler 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, affiliated and non-affiliated, scheduled and chartered 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.