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September 30, 2015
August 2015 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Five Percent
Total International Traffic up almost Six Percent in August
International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 142.3 million passengers through August 2015, a five percent increase over the August 2014 year-to-date period.
U.S. citizen travel (65.3 million) was up seven percent and composed 46 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (77.0 million) increased by four percent with their market share at 54 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 72.3 million passengers, up two percent, with their share slipping to 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 70.0 million passengers, up nine percent from same period 2014.
The following, overseas, Canada and Mexico regions are ‘breakouts’ of international:
Overseas air traffic accounted for 104.7million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by five percent.
U.S. citizen travel (47.8 million) was up five percent comprising 46 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air traveler (57.0 million) was up by four percent with their market share at 54 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 51.0 million passengers, up two percent, their share down to 49 percent. Foreign flags carried 53.8 million passengers, up eight percent from August 2014 YTD.
Overseas regions performed as follows:
North American markets accounted for 26 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.
China to U.S. 'Air Arrivals' (2) for August 2015:
Estimated capacity (381,332 seats) on non-stop flights from PRC was up 26.6 percent year-over-year, slightly exceeding overall inbound passenger growth of 26.5 percent.
Chinese carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 123 to 165, up 34 percent.
U.S. carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 118 to 138, up 17 percent
Canadian air traffic accounted for 19.4 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by three percent.
U.S. citizen travel (5.7 million) increased nine percent and composed 29 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (13.7 million), increased by one percent. Market share slipped to 71 percent.
U.S. flags carried 8.0 million passengers, down four percent from last year, with their share dropping to 44 percent. Foreign flags carried 11.4 million passengers, up nine percent.
Mexico air traffic accounted for 18.2 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up 11 percent.
U.S. citizen travel (11.8 million) increased 12 percent and composed 65 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (6.4 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by eight percent, with market share 35 percent.
U.S. flags carried 13.3 million passengers, up six percent from last year, and their share slipped to 73 percent. Foreign flags carried 4.9 million passengers, up 27 percent increasing share to 27 percent.
August 2015 Year-to-Date
Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
Top 10 Airlines(3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
Monthly % changes:
Subsequently NTTO will publish the August U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, when 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 current 2015, July: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2015-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) These reflect non-stop air passenger -only data which derive from airline flight manifests of all ‘on-boards.’ Although these numbers include ‘visitors,’ according to UN WTO definitions, air traffic also includes transits, immigrants and other non-visitor visa types. 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. Also, some traffic to the Middle East will connect through the U.A.E. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting visitation (1+ nights), occurs after year-end data is compiled via the Survey of International Air Travelers.
(2) Non-stop air arrivals from China (PRC). Non-U.S. citizens assumed to be mostly Chinese citizens. All inbound from China, including U.S. citizens returning, compared to available seats (DIIO/Innovata) to estimate load factor. . Note: PRC travelers also connect via Asian hubs or Canada when traveling to U.S.
(3) 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, 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: