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November 7, 2014

August 2014 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Seven Percent

Total International Traffic up Seven Percent Again in August
Europe up Five Percent, Asia Six Percent and Caribbean Eight Percent in 2014

International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 135.3 million passengers through August 2014, a seven percent increase over the August 2013 year-to-date period.

U.S. citizen travel (61.2 million) was up eight percent and comprised 45 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (74.1 million) increased by seven percent with their market share at 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 71.2 million passengers, up five percent, with their share slipping to 53 percent. Foreign flags carried 64.1 million passengers, up 10 percent from same period 2013.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 61.165 7.7% 45.2% 0.2
   Non-U.S. Citizens 74.104 6.7% 54.8% -0.2
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 71.165 4.6% 52.6% -1.3
   Foreign Flag Carriers 64.105 10.1% 47.4% 1.3

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 100.0 million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by six percent.

U.S. citizen travel (45.4 million) was up six percent comprising 45 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air traveler (54.6 million) was up by seven percent with their market share at almost 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 50.2 million passengers, up four percent, their share down to 50 percent. Foreign flags carried 49.9 million passengers, up nine percent from August 2013 YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 45.416 6.2% 45.4% -0.1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 54.633 6.6% 54.6% 0.1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 50.182 3.6% 50.2% -1.3
   Foreign Flag Carriers 49.867 9.4% 49.8% 1.3

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2014 / 2013
   Europe    38.614    28%    5.2%
   Asia    19.958    15%    6.0%
   Caribbean    14.954    11%    8.1%
   South America    10.006    7%    3.8%
   Central America    7.348    5%    11.1%
   Middle East    5.324    4%    15.8%
   Oceania    2.904    2%    1.5%
   Africa    0.940    1%    0.4%

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

Canadian air traffic accounted for 18.8 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by seven percent.

U.S. citizen travel (5.2 million) increased nine percent and comprised 28 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (13.6 million), increased by six percent. Market share was at 72 percent.

U.S. flags carried 8.4 million passengers, up three percent from last year, with their share dropping to 45 percent. Foreign flags carried 10.4 million passengers, up 11 percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 5.196 8.5% 27.7% 0.4
   Non-U.S. Citizens 13.583 6.4% 72.3% -0.4
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 8.387 2.7% 44.7% -1.8
   Foreign Flag Carriers 10.393 10.6% 55.3% 1.8

Mexico air traffic accounted for 16.4 million passengers, 12 percent of all international traffic, and was up 12 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (10.6 million) increased 14 percent and comprised 64 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (5.9 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by nine percent, with market share 36 percent.

U.S. flags carried 12.6 million passengers, up 10 percent from last year, and their share slipped to 77 percent. Foreign flags carried 3.8 million passengers, up 19 percent increasing share to 23 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 10.533 14.1% 64.2% 1.2
   Non-U.S. Citizens 5.888 8.6% 35.8% -1.2
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 12.586 10.2% 76.6% -1.3
   Foreign Flag Carriers 3.845 18.7% 23.4% 1.3

August 2014 Year-to-Date

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

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 9.682 1.4%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 7.879 6.9%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 6.407 -1.1%
4. Cancun (CUN) 5.108 12.9%
5. Paris (CDG) 4.584 6.9%
6. Frankfurt (FRT) 4.524 0%
7. Mexico City (MEX) 4.221 8.3%
8. Incheon (ICN) 3.515 4.2%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 3.377 9.2%
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 3.110 -0.2%

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

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 19.259 7.3%
2. Miami (MIA) 13.848 1.8%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 13.187 10.1%
4. Chicago (ORD) 8.308 10.3%
5. Newark (EWR) 8.207 3.0%
6. Atlanta (ATL) 7.561 7.5%
7. San Francisco (SFO) 7.051 8.0%
8. Houston (IAH) 6.926 11.5%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 4.937 8.6%
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 4.934 4.7%

Top 10 Airlines(2) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
79.5 million Passengers, 59% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. United Airlines 21.164 3.5%
2. Delta Air Lines 16.012 5.3%
3. American Airlines 15.360 1.0%
4. US Airways 5.950 1.4%
5. British Airways 4.773 4.3%
6. JetBlue Airways 3.982 23.3%
7. Lufthansa 3.729 1.7%
8. Air Canada (mainline) 3.170 -27.1%
9. West Jet 2.915 10.0%
10. Air France 2.406 3.3%

Monthly % changes:
January 2014 traffic up 7.7 percent; February, up 5.9 percent; March, up 3.0 percent;
April, up 9.6 percent; May, up 9.9 percent; June, up 7.3 percent; July, up 7.1 percent and August, up 7.1 percent.

Subsequently NTTO will publish the August 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 2014, July: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2014-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.

U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
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1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 10003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-0140
Website: http://travel.trade.gov/
Email: ntto@trade.gov


(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-92/APIS, 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.