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June 29, 2015
May 2015 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Five Percent
Total International Traffic also up Five Percent in May
International non-stop air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 81.7 million passengers through May 2015, a five percent increase over the May 2014 year-to-date period.
U.S. citizen travel (36.0 million) was up six percent and composed 44 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (45.7 million) increased by four percent, with market share at 56 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 41.6 million passengers, up one percent, however their share slipped to 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 40.1 million passengers, up nine percent from same period 2014.
The following, overseas, Canada and Mexico regions are ‘breakouts’ of international:
Overseas air traffic accounted for 58.9 million passengers, 72 percent of all international, and grew by four percent.
U.S. citizen travel (26.2 million) was up five percent and composed 45 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (32.7 million) increased by four percent.
U.S. airlines carried 28.9 million passengers, up one percent, their share dropping to 49 percent. Foreign flags carried 30.0 million passengers, up eight percent from May 2014 YTD.
Overseas regions performed as follows:
China to U.S. 'Air Arrivals' (2) for May 2015:
Estimated capacity (319,557 seats) on inbound flights from PRC was up 21.7 percent year-over-year. Overall inbound passenger growth was 18.1 percent passenger growth
North American markets accounted for 28 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.
Canadian air traffic accounted for 11.8 million passengers, almost 15 percent of all international traffic, and increased by four percent.
U.S. citizen travel (2.7 million) increased 11 percent and composed 22 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (9.2 million), increased by two percent. Market share remained edged down to 78 percent.
U.S. flags carried 4.6 million passengers, down four percent from last year, and their share slipped to 39 percent. Foreign flags carried 7.3 million passengers, up 10 percent.
Mexico air traffic accounted for 11.0 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and was up nine percent.
U.S. citizen travel (7.2 million) increased 10 percent and composed 65 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (3.8 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by eight percent, but market share slipped to 35 percent.
U.S. flags carried 8.2 million passengers, up five percent from last year, but their share slipped to 75 percent. Foreign flags carried 2.8 million passengers, up 26 percent increasing share to 25 percent.
May 2015 Year-to-Date
Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
Top 10 Airlines(3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
Monthly % changes:
Subsequently NTTO will publish the May U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel. (U.S. Citizen outbound is a component in the estimation of U.S. travel ‘imports’. For current 2015, April:
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
(1) These reflect 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. 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.
(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: