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June 06, 2014

February 2014 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Seven Percent

International Air Traffic totaled 28.5 Million Passengers
European Traffic Up Six Percent; Asian Five Percent, Middle East 13 Percent

International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 28.5million passengers through February 2014, a seven percent increase over February 2013 year-to-date. U.S. citizen travel (11.9 million) was up seven percent and comprised 42 percent of all air traffic. However, non-U.S. citizen air travelers (16.6 million) increased by six percent maintaining their market share at 58 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 15.0 million passengers, up five percent, their share declined to 53 percent. Foreign flags carried 13.4 million passengers, up almost nine percent from same period 2013.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 11.926 7.0% 41.9% -0.2
   Non-U.S. Citizens 16.570 6.4% 58.1% 0.2
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 15.073 5.0% 52.9% -0.8
   Foreign Flag Carriers 13.424 8.6% 47.1% 0.8

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 20.4 million passengers, 72 percent of all international, and grew by six percent. U.S. citizen travel (8.6 million) increased five percent and comprised 42 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (11.7 million) increased by six percent, increasing their market share to 58 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 10.3 million passengers, up four percent, their share dropping from 52 to 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 10.0 million passengers, up eight percent from February 2013 ytd.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 8.636 5.3% 42.4% -0.3
   Non-U.S. Citizens 11.731 6.4% 57.6% 0.3
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 10.354 4.1% 50.8% -0.9
   Foreign Flag Carriers 10.013 7.8% 49.2% 0.9

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2014 / 2013
   Europe    6.377    22%    5.8%
   Asia    4.584    16%    4.9%
   Caribbean    3.097    11%    4.9%
   South America    2.511    9%    4.5%
   Central America    1.820    6%    10.3%
   Middle East    1.092    4%    13.1%
   Oceania    0.703    2%    5.6%
   Africa    0.183    1%    -6.2%

North American markets accounted for almost 29 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 4.3 million passengers, 15 percent of all international traffic, and increased by five percent. U.S. citizen travel (788,000) increased four percent and comprised 19 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (3.5 million), increased by five percent. Market share remained unchanged.

U.S. flags carried 1.7 million passengers, up almost one percent from 2013, and their share declined to 41 percent. Foreign flags carried 2.5 million passengers, up eight percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 0.788 3.9% 18.5% 0
   Non-U.S. Citizens 3.465 4.7% 81.5% 0
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 1.721 0.5% 40.5% -1.6
   Foreign Flag Carriers 2.532 7.5% 59.5% 1.6

Mexico air traffic accounted for 3.9 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up 13 percent. U.S. citizen travel (2.5 million) increased 15 percent and comprised 65 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (1.4 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by 11 percent, market share down to 35 percent.

U.S. flags carried 3.0 million passengers, up 11 percent from 2013, and their share dropped from 79 to 77 percent. Foreign flags carried 878,000 passengers, up 22 percent increasing share to 23 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 2.502 14.7% 64.6% 0.9
   Non-U.S. Citizens 1.374 10.5% 35.4% -0.9
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 2.997 10.8% 77.3% -1.7
   Foreign Flag Carriers 0.878 21.9% 22.7% 1.7

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
10.9 million Passengers, 38% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers % Chg y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 1,836,298 4.5%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 1,740,958 5.2%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 1,514,454 0.2%
4. Cancun (CUN) 1,171,895 10.6%
5. Mexico City (MEX)    968,140 12.7%
6. Incheon (ICT)    832,048 5.8%
7. Frankfurt (FRT)    802,420 3.5%
8. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG)    758,364 10.7%
9. Vancouver (YVR)    710,133 6.5%
10. Montreal (YUL)    587,215 4.0%

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

    Passengers % Chg y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 3,681,289 6.1%
2. Miami (MIA) 3,426,422 4.3%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 2,836,812 10.3%
4. Newark (EWR) 1,572,841 -2.2%
5. Atlanta (ATL) 1,567,412 9.7%
6. Chicago (ORD) 1,536,993 8.9%
7. Houston (IAH) 1,499,031 11.0%
8. San Francisco (SFO) 1,449,705 10.2%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 1,057,042 11.9%
10. Washington Dulles (IAD)    929.758 4.1%

Top 10 Airlines(2) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
16.9 million Passengers, 59% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers % Chg y-o-y
1. United Airlines 4,351,804 0.9%
2. American Airlines 3,544,419 4.8%
3. Delta Air Lines 3,212,777 14.7%
4. US Airways 1,122,408 -4.2%
5. British Airways    949,143 5.6%
6. Air Canada    927,414 -20.4%
7. JetBlue    809,607 21.4%
8. West Jet    808,383 10.4%
9. Lufthansa    665,339 2.5%
10. AeroMexico    528,192 28.8%

Monthly changes: January 2014 was up 7.7 percent and February was up 5.5 percent.

NTTO will publish the February U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, when aggregate Canadian and Mexican departure data has been processed from Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico, respectively. (U.S. Citizen outbound is a component in the estimation of U.S. travel ‘imports’. For 2014, January, see: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2014-O-001/index.html

A description of the “APIS” program: https://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/i92/index.html includes subscription prices for detail reports in excel and adobe.

U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 10003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-0140
Website: travel.trade.gov
Email: ntto@trade.gov


(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 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.