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July 31, 2015

June 2015 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic(1) up Five Percent

Total International Air Traffic Surpassed 100 Million in the First Half of Year
Overseas up Four Percent, Canada Three Percent and Mexico up 13 Percent in June

U.S. International Air Traffic

International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 100.7 million passengers through June 2015, a five percent increase over the first half of 2014.

U.S. citizen travel (45.8 million) was up six percent and composed 45 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (55.0 million) increased by four percent with their market share decreasing to 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 51.3 million passengers, up one percent, however their share slipped to 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 49.4 million passengers, up nine percent from same period 2014.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 45.784 6.4% 45.4% 0.6
   Non-U.S. Citizens 54.963 3.6% 54.6% -0.6
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (3) 51.330 1.0% 50.9% -2.0
   Foreign Flag Carriers 49.417 9.2% 49.1% 2.0

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 73.3 million passengers, 73 percent of all international, and grew by four percent.

U.S. citizen travel (33.4 million) was up five percent composing 46 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (39.9 million) were up by four percent with market share at 54 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 35.9 million passengers, up one percent, but their share dropping to 49 percent. Foreign flags carried 37.5 million passengers, up eight percent from June 2014 YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 33.427 4.9% 45.6% 0.3
   Non-U.S. Citizens 39.884 3.6% 54.4% -0.3
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 35.858 0.9% 48.9% -1.6
   Foreign Flag Carriers 37.454 7.6% 51.1% 1.6

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2015 / 2014 YTD
   Europe    26.869    27%    2.5%
   Asia    15.095    15%    5.4%
   Caribbean    11.220    11%    6.9%
   South America    7.370    7%    -0.4%
   Central America    5.465    5%    1.5%
   Middle East    4.459    4%    18.0%
   Oceania    2.226    2%    4.7%
   Africa    0.607    1%    -7.5%

China to U.S. 'Air Arrivals' (2) for June 2015:

  Non-U.S. Citizens
(Originating from PRC)
U.S. Citizens
(Returning to U.S.)
Total Inbound Passengers on
Non-stop Flights
Load Factor
(Estimate)
   Passengers 181,168 86,031 267,199 82.5%
   % Chg. June 15/14 17.6% 7.8% 14.3%  

Estimated capacity (323,764 seats) on non-stop flights from PRC was up 18.6 percent year-over-year exceeding overall inbound passenger growth of 14.3 percent.

North American markets accounted for 27 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 14.2 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by four percent.

U.S. citizen travel (3.6 million) increased 11 percent and grew to 26 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (10.5 million), increased by two percent. Market share declined to 74 percent.

U.S. flags carried 5.6 million passengers, down four percent from last year, and their share dropped to 40 percent. Foreign flags carried 8.5 million passengers, up 10 percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 3.624 10.5% 25.6% 1.6
   Non-U.S. Citizens 10.538 1.7% 74.4% -1.6
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 5.633 -4.1% 39.8% -3.2
   Foreign Flag Carriers 8.528 9.7% 60.2% 3.2

Mexico air traffic accounted for 13.3 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up 10 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (8.7 million) increased 11 percent and composed 66 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (4.5 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by eight percent, but market share dropped to 34 percent.

U.S. flags carried 9.8 million passengers, up five percent from last year, but their share slipped from 78 to 74 percent. Foreign flags carried 3.4 million passengers, up 28 percent increasing share to 26 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 8.733 10.8% 65.8% 0.6
   Non-U.S. Citizens 4.541 8.1% 34.2% -0.6
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 9.839 4.8% 74.1% -3.6
   Foreign Flag Carriers 3.434 27.6% 25.9% 3.6

June 2015 Year-to-Date

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

    Passengers (mlns) % Change 15/14
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 6.924 1.0%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 6.103 6.6%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 4.468 -3.5%
4. Cancun (CUN) 4.451 16.3%
5. Mexico City (MEX) 3.218 8.5%
6. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 3.206 2.9%
7. Frankfurt (FRT) 3.152 1.5%
8. Incheon (ICN) 2.893 16.0%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 2.621 11.3%
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 2.289 6.5%

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

    Passengers (mlns) % Change 15/14
1. New York (JFK) 13.908 4.7%
2. Miami (MIA) 10.430 3.0%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 9.836 5.3%
4. Newark (EWR) 5.812 0.5%
5. Chicago (ORD) 5.790 -0.1%
6. Atlanta (ATL) 5.550 2.9%
7. San Francisco (SFO) 5.336 7.0%
8. Houston International (IAH) 5.184 3.9%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 3.789 9.2%
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 3.405 -0.2%

Top 10 Airlines(3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
58.9 million Passengers, 58% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers (mlns) % Change 15/14
1. United Airlines (UA) 15.006 -0.6%
2. Delta Air Lines (DL) 11.763 5.0%
3. American Airlines (AA) 10.901 -2.2%
4. US Airways (US) 4.003 -5.4%
5. British Airways (BA) 3.480 1.5%
6. JetBlue (B6) 3.012 11.4%
7. Lufthansa (LH) 2.692 4.5%
8. West Jet (WS) 2.357 2.5%
9. Air Canada (AC) mainline 2.124 -15.6%
10. AeroMexico (AM) 1.826 15.8%

Monthly % changes:
January 2015 traffic up 5.4 percent; February, up 5.8 percent; March, up 4.5 percent; April, up 3.5 percent (Note: Easter/Passover occurred on April 5 vs. April 20 in 2014.), May, up 5.1 percent; and June, up 5.0 percent. (See graph at top)

Subsequently NTTO will publish the June U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, as 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 2015, http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2015-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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International Trade Administration, Industry & Analysis
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Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-0140
Website: http://travel.trade.gov/
Email: ntto@trade.gov


(1) These reflect non-stop air passenger -only data which derive from airline flight manifests of all ‘on-boards.’ Although these numbers include ‘visitors,’ according to UN WTO definitions, air traffic also includes transits, immigrants and other non-visitor visa types. 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. Also, some traffic to the Middle East will connect through the U.A.E. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting visitation (1+ nights), occurs after year-end data is compiled via the Survey of International Air Travelers.

(2) Non-stop air arrivals from China (PRC). Non-U.S. citizens assumed to be mostly Chinese citizens. All inbound from China, including U.S. citizens returning, compared to available seats (DIIO/Innovata) to estimate load factor. . Note: PRC travelers also connect via Asian hubs or Canada when traveling to U.S.

(3) 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.