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September 02, 2010
U.S. INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL ABROAD UP EIGHT PERCENT IN MAY 2010 (1)
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that U.S. outbound non-stop air passenger traffic totaled 3.6 million in May 2010, increasing eight percent compared to May 2009 and registering the fifth month over month increase since December 2009. Top outbound markets were Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Mexico. Air travel was up to the Caribbean, Asia and Mexico, but Europe was down only one percent as air travel began to rebound after the numerous flight interruptions from Iceland’s volcanic ash. Departures were up to South America but down to Central America. The Mexico, Middle East and Oceania regions experienced the strongest growth at 68, 19 and 12 percent, respectively.
In the first five months of 2010, outbound air traffic increased three percent when compared to the same period in 2009, reaching 15.1 million. In the first five months of 2010, positive growth occurred in five of the eight overseas regions, with Oceania, the Middle East and Africa posting double-digit increases. Outbound travel to Mexico was up seven percent. Travel also increased to Canada, up four percent in the first five months of the year.
U.S. spending in May 2010 by U.S. travelers on foreign carrier passenger fares totaled $2.4 billion (imports), up 19 percent compared to May 2009. For the month, the balance of trade for passenger fares was a $25 million surplus (foreign passenger fares on U.S. carriers [exports] exceeded imports).
Highlights: U.S. Citizen Air Traffic to Overseas Regions, Canada & Mexico
For more detailed information on the U.S. international travel abroad research program, please visit: <http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/i92/index.html>.
U.S. Department of Commerce
1 Throughout this report, percent changes posted for U.S. air travelers for May 2010 were calculated by comparing data in May 2010 to data in May 2009. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2010 were calculated by comparing data January – May 2010 to data January – May 2009.