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August 20, 2013

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

Total International Traffic up Five Percent in June
Europe up Three Percent, Asia Four Percent and South America up 11 Percent in June

International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 89.7 million passengers through June 2013, a four percent increase over the June 2012 year-to-date period. U.S. citizen travel (40.0 million) was up two percent and comprised 45 percent of all air traffic. However, non-U.S. citizen air travelers (49.7 million) increased by five percent with their market share at 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 48.3 million passengers, up three percent, however their share slipped to 54 percent. Foreign flags carried 41.4 million passengers, up five percent from same period 2012.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 39.965 2.4% 45% 0
   Non-U.S. Citizens 49.696 5.0% 55% 0
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 48.281 2.6% 54% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 41.380 5.3% 46% +1

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 66.1 million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by three percent. U.S. citizen travel (30.0 million) was up one percent comprising 45 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (36.1 million) were up by five percent increasing their market share to 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 34.1 million passengers, up two percent, their share holding at 52 percent. Foreign flags carried 32.0 million passengers, up five percent from June 2012 YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 30.025 1.0% 45% -1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 36.102 5.3% 55% +1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 34.101 1.7% 52% 0
   Foreign Flag Carriers 32.026 5.1% 48% 0

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2013 / 2012 YTD
   Europe    24.866    28%    0.8%
   Asia    13.613    15%    4.4%
   Caribbean    9.803    11%    1.2%
   South America    7.017    8%    8.9%
   Central America    4.822    5%    4.9%
   Middle East    3.261    4%    10.0%
   Oceania    2.081    2%    7.9%
   Africa    0.683    1%    -0.7%

North American markets accounted for 26 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 12.8 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by four percent. U.S. citizen travel (3.0 million) increased six percent and comprised 24 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (9.8 million), increased by four percent. Market share declined to 76 percent.

U.S. flags carried 5.7 million passengers, up four percent from last year, and their share slipped to 44 percent. Foreign flags carried 7.1 million passengers, up four percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 3.016 6.1% 24% +1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 9.776 3.5% 76% -1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 5.684 3.7% 44% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 7.108 4.4% 56% +1

Mexico air traffic accounted for 10.7 million passengers, 12 percent of all international traffic, and was up seven percent. U.S. citizen travel (6.9 million) increased seven percent and comprised 64 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (3.8 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by six percent, holding market share at 36 percent.

U.S. flags carried 8.5 million passengers, up six percent from last year, and their share slipped from 80 to 79 percent. Foreign flags carried 2.2 million passengers, up 12 percent increasing share to 21 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 6.923 7.2% 64% 0
   Non-U.S. Citizens 3.819 6.4% 36% 0
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 8.495 5.5% 79% -1
   Foreign Flag Carriers 2.247 12.3% 21% +1

June 2013 Year-to-Date

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

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 6.728 1.0%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 5.390 6.6%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 4.675 2.5%
4. Cancun (CUN) 3.427 7.8%
5. Frankfurt (FRT) 3.103 1.6%
6. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 2.850 0.1%
7. Mexico City (MEX) 2.704 10.2%
8. Incheon (ICT) 2.419 5.8%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 2.148 -1.9%
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 2.129 5.0%

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

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 12.400 4.4%
2. Miami (MIA) 9.881 4.1%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 8.469 2.0%
4. Newark (EWR) 5.678 0.6%
5. Chicago (ORD) 5.241 2.5%
6. Atlanta (ATL) 5.018 3.7%
7. San Francisco (SFO) 4.590 2.5%
8. Houston (IAH) 4.456 2.2%
9. Washington Dulles (IAD) 3.279 3.7%
10. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 3.173 11.9%

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

    Passengers (millions) % Chg y-o-y
1. United Airlines 14.642 1.6%
2. American Airlines 10.864 0.9%
3. Delta Air Lines 10.156 4.5%
4. US Airways 4.185 3.2%
5. Air Canada 3.384 1.0%
6. British Airways 3.304 3.2%
7. Lufthansa 2.562 4.7%
8. Jet Blue Airways 2.217 10.5%
9. West Jet 2.091 9.8%
10. Air France 1.567 -3.0%

Monthly % changes:
January 2013 traffic up 3.5 percent; February, up 1.9 percent; March, up 7.0 percent
(Note: Easter/Passover was ‘earlier’ this year (March 31) vs. April 8, 2012); April, up 0.7 percent; May, up 4.2 percent; and June, up 5.1 percent.

Later this month OTTI will publish the June 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, May: 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. 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:

  • 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.