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Date: Mon, 15 July 2002
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Preliminary U.S. Citizen Outbound Air Traveler Statistics 2001

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An information service from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)
U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

July 15, 2002

Preliminary U.S. Citizen Outbound Air Traveler Statistics 2001

U.S. Department of Commerce released the preliminary 2001 citizen outbound air traveler figures, and for the first time, an analysis of the outbound travel market. Total U.S. citizen preliminary annual air departures in 2001 were 33 million travelers, a 5 percent decrease compared to the 34.7 million air travelers in 2000. Because of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the travel industry changed dramatically. Prior to September 11 attacks, the total U.S. air departures were up by 2 percent as compared to the same time in 2000, and the U.S was on the mark to set its 10th straight year for growth in the U.S. outbound market. The September 2002 figures declined drastically by 30 percent. The declines continued each month through the end of the year. However, the declines softened each month so that by December, outbound travel was only down 3 percent compared to December 2000.

The smallest decline in total U.S. citizen outbound air travel in 2001 was registered at 3 percent in Asia and Canada. The largest decline was registered in Middle East at 27 percent, followed by Europe at minus 7 percent. Canada and Mexico also struggled to regain stability in the outbound market, recording some of the highest declines in recent years.

To learn more about the extent of the declines in the U.S. citizen outbound air travel, visit the OTTI's analysis of the preliminary 2001 Outbound Air Travel Statistics. In order to better understand the affects of September 11th on the U.S. citizen air departures, the analysis is divided into seven segments: January - August, September, October, November, December, October - December (4th quarter), and September - December. This brake-out compares and contrasts the data and it's affects on the markets, showing a clearer picture of exactly how the September attacks affected the travel regions. Each region is described in this manner and compared to the remaining markets. To see the monthly departures table for 2001, go to https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2001-O-001/index.html. Final U.S. citizen departures data should be available within the next two months. Please watch our web site for details.

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