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August 02, 2013

May 2013 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Almost Four Percent

Total International Traffic up Four Percent in May
Europe Showing Growth; South America, Middle East Produced Strong Traffic for the Year

International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 72.8 million passengers through May 2013, an almost four percent increase over the May 2012 year-to-date period. U.S. citizen travel (31.4 million) was up two percent and comprised 43 percent of all air traffic. However, non-U.S. citizen air travelers (41.3 million) increased by five percent raising their market share to 57 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 39.1 million passengers, up two percent, however their share slipped to 54 percent. Foreign flags carried 33.6 million passengers, up five percent from same period 2012.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 31.428 2% 43% -1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 41.326 5% 57% +1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 39.115 2% 54% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 33.639 5% 46% +1

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 53.1 million passengers, 73 percent of all international, and grew by three percent. U.S. citizen travel (23.5 million) was flat and comprised 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (29.6 million) increased by five percent increasing their market share to 56 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 27.4 million passengers, up one percent, their share holding at 52 percent. Foreign flags carried 25.7 million passengers, up five percent from May 2012 YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 23.481 0% 44% -2
   Non-U.S. Citizens 29.606 5% 56% +2
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 27.380 1% 52% 0
   Foreign Flag Carriers 25.708 5% 48% 0

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2013 / 2012 YTD
   Europe    19.224    26%    0.2%
   Asia    11.169    15%    4.4%
   Caribbean    8.022    11%    0.7%
   South America    5.841    8%    8.4%
   Central America    3.985    5%    4.9%
   Middle East    2.607    4%    10.0%
   Oceania    1.705    2%    7.5%
   Africa    0.534    1%    -0.2%

North American markets accounted for 27 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 10.7 million passengers, 15 percent of all international traffic, and increased by four percent. U.S. citizen travel (2.2 million) increased five percent and comprised 21 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (8.5 million), increased by four percent. Market share remained unchanged at 79 percent.

U.S. flags carried 4.7 million passengers, up three percent from last year, and their share slipped to 43 percent. Foreign flags carried 6.1 million passengers, up five percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 2.238 5% 21% 0
   Non-U.S. Citizens 8.509 4% 79% 0
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 4.652 3% 43% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 6.094 5% 57% +1

Mexico air traffic accounted for 8.9 million passengers, 12 percent of all international traffic, and was up six percent. U.S. citizen travel (5.7 million) increased six percent and comprised 64 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (3.2 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by six percent, holding market share at 36 percent.

U.S. flags carried 7.1 million passengers, up five percent from last year, and their share slipped from 80 to 79 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.8 million passengers, up 11 percent increasing share to 21 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 5.709 6% 64% 0
   Non-U.S. Citizens 3.211 6% 36% 0
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 7.083 5% 79% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 1.837 11% 21% +1

May 2013 Year-to-Date

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

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 5.323 1%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 4.512 8%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 3.833 3%
4. Cancun (CUN) 2.851 7%
5. Frankfurt (FRT) 2.420 2%
6. Mexico City (MEX) 2.215 9%
7. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 2.191 -1%
8. Incheon (ICT) 1.976 6%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 1.744 -3%
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 1.656 4%

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
50.2 million Passengers, 69% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 9.912 4%
2. Miami (MIA) 8.211 3%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 6.863 2%
4. Newark (EWR) 4.601 0%
5. Chicago (ORD) 4.137 1%
6. Atlanta (ATL) 4.028 3%
7. San Francisco (SFO) 3.665 2%
8. Houston (IAH) 3.620 2%
9. Washington Dulles (IAD) 2.594 4%
10. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 2.530 10%

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

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. United Airlines 11.888 2%
2. American Airlines 8.869 0%
3. Delta Air Lines 8.025 4%
4. US Airways 3.360 2%
5. Air Canada 2.915 3%
6. British Airways 2.653 3%
7. Lufthansa 2.029 5%
8. West Jet 1.851 10%
9. Jet Blue Airways 1.830 10%
10. Korean Air Lines 1.223 4%

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%.
May, up 4.2 percent.

Later this month OTTI will publish the May 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, April: 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 varies from 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.