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January 29, 2014
U.S.-International Air Passenger Traffic a Record 185.4 Million in 2013
Total U.S.-International Traffic up Eight Percent in December, Four Percent for the Year
International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 185.4 million passengers in 2013, a four percent increase over 2012.
U.S. citizen travel (81.0 million) was up almost four percent and comprised 44 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (104.4 million) increased by five percent with their market share at 56 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 98.4 million passengers, up three percent, with their share at 53 percent, down from 2012. Foreign flags carried 86.9 million passengers, up six percent from 2012.
The following, overseas, Canada and Mexico regions are ‘breakouts’ of international:
Overseas air traffic accounted for 138.5 million passengers, 75 percent of all international, and grew by four percent in 2013.
U.S. citizen travel (61.1 million) was up two percent comprising 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (77.4 million) were up by almost six percent with their market share at 56 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 70.2 million passengers, up three percent, their share at 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 68.2 million passengers, up six percent from 2012.
Overseas regions performed as follows:
North American markets accounted for 25 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.
Canadian air traffic accounted for 25.7 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by four percent.
U.S. citizen travel (7.0 million) increased almost seven percent and comprised 27 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (18.8 million), increased by three percent. Market share was at 73 percent.
U.S. flags carried 12.0 million passengers, up four percent from last year, with their share at almost 47 percent. Foreign flags carried 13.8 million passengers, up four percent.
Mexico air traffic accounted for 21.2 million passengers, 11 percent of all international traffic, and was up seven percent.
U.S. citizen travel (12.9 million) increased eight percent and comprised 61 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (8.2 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by almost six percent, with market share 39 percent.
U.S. flags carried 16.2 million passengers, up six percent from last year, however their share slipped to 77 percent. Foreign flags carried 4.9 million passengers, up 11 percent increasing share to 23 percent.
Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/from Foreign Airports):
Top 10 Airlines(2) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
Monthly % changes (Notes):
By the third week of February 2014 NTTO will publish the Annual 2013 U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, after the 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 November 2013 YTD https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2013-O-001/index.html.
A description of the “APIS” program: https://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/i92/index.html includes subscription prices for detail reports in excel and adobe.
U.S. Department of Commerce
(1) This reflects 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. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting visitation (1+ nights), occurs after year-end Survey of International Air Traveler data is compiled.
(2) 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, affiliated and non-affiliated, scheduled and chartered and general aviation. The I-92APIS, however is not inclusive of Pacific inter-port or other ‘beyond’ traffic.
Performance metrics reported are: