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April 16, 2010


The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the U.S. outbound non-stop air market totaled 2.8 million in January 2010, three percent above January 2009. U.S. air travel abroad registered month-over-month increases in six out of the last seven months.

The three percent increase in January 2010 was driven by air travel to Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East/Africa and Oceania.

U.S. spending in January 2010 by U.S. travelers on foreign carrier passenger fares totaled $2.3 billion, down seven percent compared to January 2009. For the month, the balance of trade for passenger fares was a $4 million surplus, with passenger fare receipts declining more than 10 percent in January 2010.

Highlights: U.S. Citizen Air Traffic to Overseas Regions, Canada & Mexico

  • Overseas markets increased four percent in December.
  • Europe declined one percent for the month.
  • Asia grew six percent for the month.
  • Canada decreased three percent for the month.
  • The Caribbean increased seven percent in January.
  • For the month, air traffic to Mexico decreased one percent.
  • South America was down two percent for the month.
  • Central America was down two percent for the month.
  • The Middle East was up 34 percent in January.
  • Oceania increased 24 percent for the month.
  • Africa increased 21 percent for the month.

Industry & Analysis’ Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) collects, analyzes and disseminates international travel and tourism statistics for the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. To view the OTTI U.S. departure data tables that provide monthly estimates of U.S. air travel abroad by world region and the rate of change each month and year-to-date, please visit: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2010-O-001/index.html.

For more detail information on the U.S. international travel abroad research program, please visit

U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 1003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone:(202) 482-0140; Fax: (202) 482-2887
Website: www.tinet.ita.doc.gov
Email: Otti@trade.gov

(1) Throughout this report, percent changes posted for U.S. air travelers for January 2010 were calculated by comparing data in January 2010 to data in January 2009.