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TI News: An information service from Office of Travel & Tourism Industries (OTTI)

September 14, 2012

U.S. International Air Passenger Traffic Totaled 104.03 Million through July 2012

OTTI Reports Total International Air Traffic up Eight Percent Year-to-Date
Foreign Citizen and Foreign Flag Traffic Growth Outpaced U.S. Citizens and Carriers

Performance metrics reported are:

  • Total 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.

Summary of January through July 2012:

International air traffic to/from the United States (1) totaled 104.03 million passengers from January through July 2012, an eight percent increase over the first seven months of 2011.

For the month of July, air traffic was up five percent from July 2011, disclosing slower growth.

U.S. citizen air travel (47.6 million) increased five percent and comprised 46 percent of all air traffic. Foreign national (non-U.S. citizen) air travelers (56.5 million) increased by 11 percent, representing 54 percent of the total market.

U.S. airlines carried 56.7 million passengers, up five percent, however their share dropped one percentage point to 55 percent. Foreign flags carried 47.3 million passengers, up 11 percent from January-June 2011, with their share increasing to 45 percent.

U.S. - International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt change
   U.S. Citizens 47.553 5% 46% -2
   Foreign Nationals 56.476 11% 54% +2
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 56.744 5% 55% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 47.285 11% 45% +1

International is the grand total of overseas, Canada and Mexico regions, as follows:

Overseas air traffic accounted for 77.5 million passengers, 74 percent of all international air traffic.

U.S. citizen travel (36.3 million) increased five percent and comprised 47 percent of all air traffic. Foreign national air travelers (41.2 million) increased by 11 percent, increasing market share to 53 percent, a percentage point increase in share between 2011 and 2012.

U.S. airlines carried 40.6 million passengers, up six percent, however their share dropped from 53 to 52 percent. Foreign flags carried 36.9 million passengers, up 11 percent from the first seven months of 2011. Their traffic share increased to 48 percent.

U.S. - Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt change
   U.S. Citizens 36.274 5% 47% -2
   Foreign Nationals 41.227 11% 53% +2
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 40.609 6% 52% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 36.892 11% 48% +1

Total air traffic to/from overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all International
   Europe    30.424    29%
   Asia    15.442    15%
   Caribbean    11.783    11%
   South America    7.653    7%
   Central America    5.521    5%
   Middle East    3.572    3%
   Oceania    2.297    2%
   Africa    0.810    1%

North American markets (Canada and Mexico) accounted for 26 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

U.S.-Canada air traffic accounted for 14.5 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic.

U.S. citizen travel (3.7 million) increased five percent and comprised only 25 percent of air traffic in the market. Canadian and other foreign national citizen air travelers (10.9 million) increased by seven percent with their market share resulting at 75 percent.

U.S. flags carried 6.6 million passengers, up two percent, and their share dropped from 47 to 46 percent. Foreign flags carried 7.9 million passengers, up 10 percent increasing their share to 54 percent.

U.S. - Canada Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt change
   U.S. Citizens 3.670 5% 25% -1
   Foreign Nationals 10.851 7% 75% +1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 6.611 2% 46% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 7.910 10% 54% +1

U.S. - Mexico air traffic accounted for 12.0 million passengers, 12 percent of all U.S. - international traffic, and was up six percent.

U.S. citizen travel (7.6 million) increased two percent and comprised 63 percent of all air traffic. Foreign national air travelers (4.4 million) increased by 14 percent increasing their market share to 37 percent.

U.S. flags carried 9.5 million passengers, up two percent from last year, and their share dropped from 83 to 79 percent. Foreign flags carried 2.5 million passengers, up 31 percent increasing share to 21 percent.

U.S. - Mexico Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt change
   U.S. Citizens 7.609 2% 63% -3
   Foreign Nationals 4.398 14% 37% +3
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 9.524 2% 79% -4
   Foreign Flag Carriers 2.483 31% 21% +4

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/from U.S.) July 2012 YTD:
Accounted for 40 Percent of U.S. - International Air Traffic, Down from 43 Percent June YTD
Frankfurt moves up to 4th Position

    Passengers (millions)
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 8.039
2. Toronto (YYZ) 6.004
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 5.423
4. Frankfurt (FRT) 3.767
5. Cancun (CUN) 3.731
6. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 3.518
7. Mexico City (MEX) 3.037
8. Incheon (ICT) 2.725
9. Vancouver (YVR) 2.637
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 2.478
    41.359

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/from Foreign Airports) July 2012 YTD:
Accounted for 70 Percent of All U.S. - International Air Traffic

    Passengers (Millions)
1. New York (JFK) 14.520
2. Miami (MIA) 11.317
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 9.986
4. Newark (EWR) 6.814
5. Chicago (ORD) 6.178
6. Atlanta (ATL) 5.843
7. San Francisco (SFO) 5.407
8. Houston (IAH) 5.278
9. Washington Dulles (IAD) 3.839
10. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 3.470
    72.653

Top 10 Airlines Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets July 2012 YTD:
Accounted for 62 Percent of All U.S. - International Air Traffic

    Passengers (Millions)
1. United Airlines (UA/CO)* 17.385
2. American Airlines (AA) 12.936
3. Delta Air Lines (DL) 11.821
4. US Airways (US) 4.877
5. Air Canada (AC) 3.918
6. British Airways (BA) 3.829
7. Lufthansa (LH) 2.995
8. Jet Blue Airways (JB) 2.457
9. West Jet 2.159
10. Air France (AF) 1.999
    64.375

* United Airlines and Continental merged operations on March 7th

In the immediate future OTTI will publish the July 2012 U.S. Citizen Outbound report, which contains total monthly travel, including the air segment, to Canada and Mexico. See June 2012: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2012-O-001/index.html.

A description of OTTI’s program based on DHS APIS/ “I-92” data: http://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/i92/index.html includes subscription prices for detailed country and port level reports which are available in Excel and Adobe. See actual report: http://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/i92/2006_I92_Air_Travel_Statistics.pdf

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(1) This reflects non-stop air-only data. A portion of the non-stop passenger traffic to 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. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting visitation (1+ nights), occurs after year-end data is compiled.

(2) Numbers for U.S. carriers slightly exceed what has been reported by Airlines for America (A4A). A4A reports mainline numbers for most of their member carriers. A4A classifies Canadian air travel as ‘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-92/APIS however is not inclusive of Pacific inter-port or other ‘beyond’ traffic.