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March 09, 2015
U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic for January 2015 up Five Percent
International Air Traffic totaled 16.1 Million Passengers
International non-stop air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 16.1 million passengers in January 2015, a 5.4 percent increase over January 2014.
U.S. citizen travel (6.8 million) increased 7.2 percent, raising its share to 42.3 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (9.3 million) increased by 4.2 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 8.3 million passengers, up 3.1 percent, however their share slipped from 52 to 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 7.9 million passengers, up 8.1 percent from January 2014.
The following, overseas, Canada and Mexico regions are ‘breakouts’ of international:
Overseas air traffic accounted for 11.6 million passengers, 72 percent of all U.S.-international air traffic, grew by 4.8 percent.
U.S. citizen travel (5.0 million) increased 6.1 percent and comprised 42.7 percent of all overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (6.7 million) increased by 3.9 percent with their market share to slipping to 57.3 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 5.7 million passengers, up 2.1 percent, however their share dropped to 49.2 percent. Foreign flags carried 5.9 million passengers, up 7.5 percent from January 2014.
Overseas regions performed as follows:
China to U.S. 'Arrivals' (2) for January 2015:
Estimated capacity (282,665 seats) on inbound flights, up 22.7 percent year-over-year, exceeded 16.7 percent passenger growth.
North American markets accounted for 28 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.
Canadian air traffic accounted for 2.2 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, increased by 5.3 percent.
U.S. citizen travel (446,000) increased 9.6 percent and comprised 19.9 percent of all air traffic in the market. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (1.8 million) increased by 4.3 percent. Market share decreased slightly.
U.S. flags carried 871,000 passengers, up1.6 percent from last year, and their share dropped to 38.9 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.4 million passengers, up 7.8 percent.
Mexico air traffic accounted for 2.2 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and was up 9.0 percent.
U.S. citizen travel (1.4 million) increased 10.4 percent and comprised 63 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (834,000) transiting through Mexico, increased by 6.6 percent, but their market share declined to 37 percent.
U.S. flags carried 1.66 million passengers, up 7.2 percent from last year, dropping their share to 74 percent. Foreign flags carried 584,000 passengers, up 14.2 percent, increasing share to 26 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(3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
In the third week of March NTTO will publish the January 2015 U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, after the aggregate departure data is received from Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico. (U.S. Citizen outbound is a component in the estimation of U.S. travel imports. For 2014 through December see: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2014-O-001/index.html
A description of the “I-92” 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-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. 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.
(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: