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August 26, 2014

April 2014 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Six Percent

Total U.S. - International Air Traffic up Ten Percent in April
Mexico, Middle East, Produced Strong Traffic; Europe, Asia Solid for the Year

International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 61.0 million passengers through April 2014, a six percent increase over the April 2013 year-to-date period.

U.S. citizen travel (26.2 million) was up seven percent edging up to 43 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (34.7 million) increased by six percent with market share at 57 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 32.4 million passengers, up five percent, however their share slipped to 53 percent. Foreign flags carried 28.6 million passengers, up eight percent from same period 2013.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 26.204 6.8% 43.0% 0.2
   Non-U.S. Citizens 34.748 6.1% 57.0% -0.2
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 32.394 4.9% 53.1% -0.8
   Foreign Flag Carriers 28.557 8.1% 46.9% 0.8

The following, overseas, Canada and Mexico regions are ‘breakouts’ of international:

Overseas air traffic accounted for 43.7 million passengers, 72 percent of all international, and grew by six percent.

U.S. citizen travel (19.1 million) was up five percent and comprised 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (24.5 million) increased by six percent, 56 percent share.

U.S. airlines carried 22.3 million passengers, up four percent, their share dropping from 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 21.4 million passengers, up eight percent from April 2012 YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 19.146 5.2% 43.8% -0.2
   Non-U.S. Citizens 24.543 6.1% 56.2% 0.2
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 22.293 4.0% 51.0% -0.9
   Foreign Flag Carriers 21.396 7.6% 49.0% 0.9

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2014 / 2013
   Europe    14.957    24%    5.0%
   Asia    9.251    15%    4.4%
   Caribbean    6.822    11%    5.4%
   South America    4.884    8%    4.2%
   Central America    3.671    6%    11.5%
   Middle East    2.311    4%    15.1%
   Oceania    1.394    2%    3.1%
   Africa    0.397    1%    -3.9%

North American markets accounted for 28 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 9.1 million passengers, 15 percent of all international traffic, and increased by five percent.

U.S. citizen travel (1.7 million) increased six percent and comprised 19 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (7.4 million), increased by five percent. Market share remained at circa 81 percent.

U.S. flags carried 3.7 million passengers, up two percent from last year, and their share dropped to 41 percent. Foreign flags carried 5.4 million passengers, up seven percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 1.747 5.5% 19.2% 0.1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 7.375 4.8% 80.2% -0.2
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 3.723 2.2% 40.8% -1.1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 5.400 6.9% 59.2% 1.1

Mexico air traffic accounted for 8.1 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up 12 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (5.3 million) increased 13 percent and comprised 65 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (2.8 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by 10 percent, but market share slipped to 35 percent.

U.S. flags carried 6.4 million passengers, up 10 percent from last year, but heir share slipped to 78 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.8 million passengers, up 20 percent increasing share to 22 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 5.311 13.3% 65.2% 0.7
   Non-U.S. Citizens 2.830 9.5% 34.8% -0.7
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 6.379 10.1% 78.4% -1.3
   Foreign Flag Carriers 1.762 19.5% 20.3% 1.3

April 2014 Year-to-Date

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
23.4 million Passengers, 38% of Total International Air Traffic

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 4.134 2.9%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 3.772 4.0%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 3.041 -1.2%
4. Cancun (CUN) 2.547 10.1%
5. Mexico City (MEX) 1.969 11.0%
6. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 1.793 10.2%
7. Frankfurt (FRT) 1.784 -0.2%
8. Incheon (ICN) 1.612 4.1%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 1.497 8.1%
10. Montreal (YUL) 1.255 3.8%

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
41.7 million Passengers, 68% of Total Air Traffic/

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 8.114 6.1%
2. Miami (MIA) 6.802 2.6%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 5.903 9.6%
4. Newark (EWR) 3.609 0.7%
5. Chicago (ORD) 3.441 9.9%
6. Atlanta (ATL) 3.380 7.9%
7. Houston (IAH) 3.182 10.6%
8. San Francisco (SFO) 3.060 9.8%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 2.179 10.1%
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 2.062 4.1%

Top 10 Airlines(2) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
36.4million Passengers, 60% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. United Airlines (UA) 9.553 2.2%
2. American Airlines (AA) 7.258 3.0%
3. Delta Air Lines (DL) 6.980 12.2%
4. US Airways (US) 2.597 -0.7%
5. British Airways (BA) 2.107 4.4%
6. Air Canada (AC) 1.905 -22.4%
7. JetBlue (B6) 1.726 17.4%
8. West Jet (WS) 1.701 9.7%
9. Lufthansa (LH) 1.496 -1.7%
10. AeroMexico (AM) 1.055 26.6%

Monthly % changes:
January 2014 traffic was up 7.7 percent, February, up 5.5 percent, March, up 3.0 percent.
(Note: Easter/Passover was later this year (April 20) vs. March 31, 2013) and April, up 9.6%.

Later this month NTTO will publish the April U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, as aggregate Canadian and Mexican departure data have been 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 current 2014, March: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2014-O-001/index.html

A description of the “APIS” program: http://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/i92/index.html includes subscription prices for detail reports in excel and adobe.

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Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-0140
Website: http://travel.trade.gov/
Email: ntto@trade.gov


(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-92 APIS, however is not inclusive of Pacific inter-port or other ‘beyond’ traffic.

Performance metrics reported are:

  • Total international 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.