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July 19, 2013

April 2013 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Three Percent

International Air Traffic up One Percent in April
South America and Middle East Produced Strong Traffic for the Year

International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 57.3 million passengers through April 2013, a three percent increase over the April 2012 year-to-date period. U.S. citizen travel (24.5 million) was up one percent and comprised 43 percent of all air traffic. However, non-U.S. citizen air travelers (32.8 million) increased by five percent raising their market share to 57 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 30.9 million passengers, up two percent, however their share slipped to 54 percent. Foreign flags carried 26.4 million passengers, up five percent from same period 2012.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 24.538 1% 43% -1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 32.755 5% 57% +1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 30.884 2% 54% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 26.409 5% 46% +1

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 41.3 million passengers, 72 percent of all international, and grew by three percent. U.S. citizen travel (18.2 million) was flat and comprised 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (23.1 million) increased by five percent increasing their market share to 56 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 21.4 million passengers, up one percent, their share dropping from 53 to 52 percent. Foreign flags carried 19.9 million passengers, up five percent from April 2012 YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 18.196 0% 44% -1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 23.132 5% 56% +1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 21.445 1% 52% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 19.884 5% 48% +1

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2013 / 2012 YTD
   Europe    14.244    25%    -0.5%
   Asia    8.857    15%    4.8%
   Caribbean    6.473    11%    0.8%
   South America    4.689    8%    8.3%
   Central America    3.292    6%    4.9%
   Middle East    2.007    3%    9.2%
   Oceania    1.353    2%    6.2%
   Africa    0.413    1%    0.2%

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

Canadian air traffic accounted for 8.7 million passengers, 15 percent of all international traffic, and increased by four percent. U.S. citizen travel (1.7 million) increased five percent and comprised 19 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (7.0 million), increased by four percent. Market share remained unchanged at 81 percent.

U.S. flags carried 3.6 million passengers, up four percent from last year, and their share remained at 42 percent. Foreign flags carried 5.1 million passengers, up five percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 1.656 5% 19% 0
   Non-U.S. Citizens 7.039 4% 81% 0
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 3.644 4% 42% 0
   Foreign Flag Carriers 5.051 5% 58% 0

Mexico air traffic accounted for 7.3 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up five percent. U.S. citizen travel (4.7 million) increased five percent and comprised 64 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (2.6 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by six percent, increasing market share to 36 percent.

U.S. flags carried 5.8 million passengers, up four percent from last year, and their share slipped from 81 to 80 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.5 million passengers, up 10 percent increasing share to 20 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 4.686 5% 64% -1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 2.584 6% 36% +1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 5.795 4% 80% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 1.475 10% 20% +1

April 2013 Year-to-Date

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
22.4 million Passengers, 39% of Total International Air Traffic

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 4.016 0%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 3.628 8%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 3.077 4%
4. Cancun (CUN) 2.313 6%
5. Frankfurt (FRT) 1.788 0%
6. Mexico City (MEX) 1.774 9%
7. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 1.627 -3%
8. Incheon (ICT) 1.549 6%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 1.386 -3%
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 1.226 2%

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

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 7.645 4%
2. Miami (MIA) 6.630 3%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 5.387 1%
4. Newark (EWR) 2.584 0%
5. Atlanta (ATL) 2.139 3%
6. Chicago (ORD) 3.130 0%
7. Houston (IAH) 2.877 3%
8. San Francisco (SFO) 2.787 2%
9. Washington Dulles (IAD) 1.982 4%
10. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 1.980 10%

Top 10 Airlines(2) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
35.2million Passengers, 61% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. United Airlines 9.348 2%
2. American Airlines 7.044 -1%
3. Delta Air Lines 6.220 3%
4. US Airways 2.614 2%
5. Air Canada 2.456 4%
6. British Airways 2.018 2%
7. West Jet 1.551 9%
8. Lufthansa 1.522 4%
9. Jet Blue Airways 1.471 10%
10. Korean Air Lines 0.979 6%

Monthly % changes:
January 2013 traffic was up 3.5 percent, February, up 1.9 percent and March, up 7.0 percent.
(Note: Easter/Passover was ‘earlier’ this year (March 31) vs. April 8, 2012) and April, up 0.7%.

Later this month OTTI will publish the April 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 2013, March: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2013-O-001/index.html

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

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(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:

  • 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.