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February 28, 2014

U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic for January 2014 up Eight Percent

International Air Traffic totaled 15.3 Million Passengers
Strong Traffic in All Regions except Africa

International air traffic to/from the U.S. (1) totaled 15.3 million passengers in January 2014, a 7.8 percent increase over January 2013. U.S. citizen travel (6.4 million) increased 7.2 percent and comprised 41.6 percent of all air traffic. However, non-U.S. citizen air travelers (8.9 million) increased by 8.1 percent raising their market share to 58 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 8.0 million passengers, up 6.0 percent, however their share slipped from 53 to 52 percent. Foreign flags carried 7.3 million passengers, up 9.6 percent from January 2013.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 6.366 7.2% 41.6% -0.3
   Non-U.S. Citizens 8.920 8.1% 58.1% 0.3
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 8.008 6.0% 52.4% -0.8
   Foreign Flag Carriers 7.277 9.6% 47.6% 0.8

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 11.1 million passengers, 73 percent of all U.S.-international air traffic, grew by 7.3 percent. U.S. citizen travel (4.7 million) increased 5.4 percent and comprised 42.2 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (6.4 million) increased by 8.6 percent increasing their market share to 57.8 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 5.6 million passengers, up 5.9 percent, however their share dropped to 50.5 percent. Foreign flags carried 5.5 million passengers, up 8.7 percent from January 2013.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 4.687 5.4% 42.2% -0.7
   Non-U.S. Citizens 6.417 8.6% 57.8% 0.7
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 5.607 5.9% 50.5% -0.7
   Foreign Flag Carriers 5.497 8.7% 49.5% 0.7

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2013 / 2012 YTD
   Europe    3.524    23%    6.7%
   Asia    2.459    16%    6.6%
   Caribbean    1.623    11%    6.0%
   South America    1.396    9%    7.8%
   Central America    1.000    7%    10.7%
   Middle East    0.603    4%    12.5%
   Oceania    0.395    3%    8.0%
   Africa    0.104    1%    -7.7%

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

Canadian air traffic accounted for 2.1 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, increased by 4.5 percent. U.S. citizen travel (407,000) increased 3.3 percent and comprised 19.1 percent of all air traffic in the market. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (1.7 million) increased by 4.7 percent. Market share increased slightly.

U.S. flags carried 857,000 passengers, down 1.2 percent from last year, and their share dropped to 40.3 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.3 million passengers, up 8.7 percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 0.407 3.3% 19.1% -0.2
   Non-U.S. Citizens 1.720 4.7% 80.9% 0.2
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 0.857 -1.2% 40.3% -2.3
   Foreign Flag Carriers 1.270 8.7% 59.7% 2.3

Mexico air traffic accounted for 2.1 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up 13.7 percent. U.S. citizen travel (1.3 million) increased 15.5 percent and comprised 62 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (782,000) transiting through Mexico, increased by 11.0 percent, but their market share declined to 38 percent.

U.S. flags carried 1.54 million passengers, up 11.0 percent from last year, dropping their share to 75 percent. Foreign flags carried 510,000 passengers, up 22.9 percent, increasing share to 25 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 1.272 15.5% 61.0% 0.9
   Non-U.S. Citizens 0.782 11.0% 38.1% -0.9
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 1.544 11.0% 75.2% -1.8
   Foreign Flag Carriers 0.510 22.9% 24.8% 1.8

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
37.8% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers % Chg y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 1,022,458 5.2%
2. Toronto (YYZ)    869,495 2.8%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT)    805,101 3.1%
4. Cancun (CUN)    587,651 11.7%
5. Mexico City (MEX)    547,665 10.7%
6. Incheon (ICT)    456,521 5.8%
7. Frankfurt (FRT)    445,197 3.7%
8. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG)    423,312 13.0%
9. Vancouver (YVR)    363,552 7.6%
10. Amsterdam (AMS)    300,270 5.8%

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
68.9% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers % Chg y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 2,012,602 6.2%
2. Miami (MIA) 1,866,435 6.6%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 1,540,439 11.1%
4. Newark (EWR)    843,540 -3.9%
5. Atlanta (ATL)    840,813 12.1%
6. Chicago (ORD)    815,140 6.3%
7. Houston (IAH)    807,796 9.4%
8. San Francisco (SFO)    770,010 9.4%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW)    581,933 15.8%
10. Washington Dulles (IAD)    529,927 6.6%

Top 10 Airlines(2) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
58.6% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers % Chg y-o-y
1. United Airlines 2,299,594 -0.6%
2. American Airlines 1,937,646 7.6%
3. Delta Air Lines 1,712,712 17.3%
4. US Airways    587,559 -2.7%
5. British Airways    517,336 6.0%
6. Air Canada    463,859 -20.1%
7. JetBlue    425,352 22.6%
8. West Jet    399,015 12.7%
9. Lufthansa    370,314 4.6%
10. AeroMexico    301,739 30.4%

In the third week of March NTTO will publish the January 2014 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 2013 through December see: http://www.tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2013-O-001/index.html

A description of the “I-92” 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. ┬áThe 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 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.