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August 12, 2014
First Quarter 2014 U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Five Percent
Total International Traffic was up Three Percent in March
International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 44.8 million passengers through March 2014, a five percent increase over the March 2013 year-to-date period. U.S. citizen travel (19.3 million) was up six percent and comprised 43 percent of all air traffic. However, non-U.S. citizen air travelers (25.5 million) increased by four percent with a decline in market share to 57 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 23.9 million passengers, up four percent, dropping their share to 54 percent. Foreign flags carried 20.8 million passengers, up seven percent from same period 2013.
The following, overseas, Canada and Mexico regions are ‘breakouts’ of international:
Overseas air traffic accounted for 32.9 million passengers, 71 percent of all international, and grew by five percent. U.S. citizen travel (14.0 million) was up five percent and comprised 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (17.9 million) increased by four percent maintaining their market share at 56 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 16.4 million passengers, up three percent, their share dropping to 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 15.5 million passengers, up six percent from March 2013 YTD.
Overseas regions performed as follows:
North American markets accounted for 29 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.
Canadian air traffic accounted for 6.8 million passengers, 15 percent of all international traffic, and increased by four percent. U.S. citizen travel (1.2 million) increased four percent and comprised only 18 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (5.5 million), increased by four percent. Market share remained relatively unchanged at 82 percent.
U.S. flags carried 2.7 million passengers, up one percent from last year, and their share declined to 40 percent. Foreign flags carried 4.0 million passengers, up six percent.
Mexico air traffic accounted for 6.1 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and was up 11 percent. U.S. citizen travel (4.1 million) increased 14 percent and comprised 66 percent of all air traffic, up 1.6 points. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (2.1 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by six percent, with market share at 34 percent.
U.S. flags carried 4.8 million passengers, up nine percent from last year, and their share dropped to 79 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.3 million passengers, up 17 percent increasing share to 21 percent.
First Quarter 2014
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:
Later this month NTTO will publish the March U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel. (U.S. Citizen outbound is a component in the estimation of U.S. travel ‘imports’. For current 2014, February see: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2014-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 data is compiled.
(2) Numbers for U.S. carriers slightly exceed what has been reported by Airlines for America. A4A reported mainline numbers for most of their member carriers. 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: