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November 21, 2016  

August 2016 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Six Percent
Total International Traffic up Four Percent in August
China ’Inbound’ Air traffic up 12 Percent

International air traffic to/from the U.S. (1)totaled 150.5 million passengers through August 2016, a six percent increase over the August 2015 year-to-date period.

U.S. citizen travel (70.8 million) was up nine percent and composed 47 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (79.7 million) increased by four percent with their market share at 53 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 74.2 million passengers, up three percent, with their share slipping to 49 percent. Foreign flags carried 76.3 million passengers, up nine percent from same period 2015.

International

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

70.804

8.5%

47.0%

1.1

Non-U.S. Citizens

79.711

3.5%

53.0%

-1.1

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

74.190

2.6%

49.3%

-1.5

Foreign Flag Carriers

76.325

9.0%

50.7%

1.5

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 111.1 million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by six percent.

U.S. citizen travel (51.1 million) was up seven percent composing 46 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air traveler (60.0 million) was up by five percent with their market share at 54 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 52.4 million passengers, up three percent, their share down to 47 percent. Foreign flags carried 58.7 million passengers, up nine percent from August 2015 YTD.

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

51.085

6.9%

46.0%

0.4

Non-U.S. Citizens

59.990

5.3%

54.0%

-0.4

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

52.350

2.7%

47.1%

-1.6

Foreign Flag Carriers

58.724

9.2%

52.9%

1.6

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% of all International

% Change
2016/2015 YTD

Europe

41.907

28%

4.9%

Asia

22.742

15%

8.3%

Caribbean

16.420

11%

3.8%

South America

10.533

7%

3.1%

Central America

8.164

5%

9.0%

Middle East

7.147

5%

13.0%

Oceania

3.275

2%

7.1%

Africa

0.888

1%

0.4%

 

China to U.S. Air Arrivals (2) for August 2016:

 

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

290,704

94,005

384,709

90.1%

% Chg. Aug16/15

12.4%

10.7%

12.0%

No change

Estimated capacity (426,827 seats) on non-stop flights from PRC was up 12.0 percent year-over-year, matching inbound passenger growth of 12.0 percent.

Chinese carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 165 to 192, up 16 percent.

U.S. carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 138 to 141, up two percent
North American markets accounted for 26 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 19.8 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and increased by two percent.

U.S. citizen travel (6.4 million) increased 14 percent and composed 33 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (13.3 million), declined by three percent. Market share slipped to 67 percent.

U.S. flags carried 7.5 million passengers, down six percent from last year, with their share dropping to 38 percent. Foreign flags carried 12.2 million passengers, up eight percent.

Canadian Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

6.440

13.6%

32.6%

3.3

Non-U.S. Citizens

13.321

-2.8%

67.4%

-3.3

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

7.525

-6.1%

38.1%

-3.3

Foreign Flag Carriers

12.236

7.7%

61.9%

3.3

 

Mexico air traffic accounted for 19.7 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up eight percent.

U.S. citizen travel (13.3 million) increased 12 percent and composed almost 68 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (6.4 million) transiting through Mexico, was flat, with market share at almost 33 percent.

U.S. flags carried 14.3 million passengers, up eight percent from last year, and their share slipped to just below 73 percent. Foreign flags carried 5.4 million passengers, up 10 percent increasing share to 27 percent.

Mexican Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

13.279

12.4%

67.5%

2.6

Non-U.S. Citizens

6.390

0.2%

32.5%

-2.6

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

14.315

7.6%

72.7%

-0.4

Foreign Flag Carriers

5.364

9.5%

27.3%

0.4

 

August 2016 Year-to-Date

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
57.7 million Passengers, 38% of Total International Air Traffic

Passengers (mlns)  
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 9.885
2. Toronto (YYZ) 8.956
3. Cancun (CUN) 6.485
4. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 6.451
5. Mexico City (MEX) 5.006
6. Paris (CDG) 4.812
7. Frankfurt (FRA) 4.649
8. Incheon (ICN) 4.27
9. Vancouver (YVR) 3.881
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 3.349

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

Passengers (mlns)  
1. New York (JFK) 21.727
2. Los Angeles (LAX) 15.424
3. Miami (MIA) 14.62
4. Chicago (ORD) 8.539
5. San Francisco (SFO) 8.36
6. Newark (EWR) 8.356
7. Atlanta (ATL) 8.023
8. Houston (IAH)  7.617
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 5.622
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 5.028

Top 10 Airlines (3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
83.4 million Passengers, 56% of Total Air Traffic

Passengers (mlns)  
1. United Airlines (UA) 20.995
2. American Airlines (AA) 20.244
3. Delta Air Lines (DL) 17.294
4. JetBlue Airways (B6) 4.958
5. British Airways (BA) 4.924
6. Lufthansa (LH) 3.965
7. Air Canada (AC) (mainline) 3.036
8. WestJet (WS) 2.994
9. Virgin Atlantic (VS) 2.502
10.AeroMexico (AM) 2.498

Monthly % changes:
(See graph at top).

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 2016, July: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2016-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)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.