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November 28, 2014

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

Total International Traffic up Six Percent in September
Europe up Five Percent, Asia Six Percent and Middle East 22 Percent in September
China Arrivals up24 percent

International non-stop air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 150.9 million passengers through September 2014, a seven percent increase over the September 2013 year-to-date period.

U.S. citizen travel (67.6 million) was up eight percent and comprised 45 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (83.3 million) increased by seven percent with their market share at 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 78.8 million passengers, up four percent, with their share down to 52 percent. Foreign flags carried 72.1 million passengers, up 10 percent from same period 2013.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 67.567 7.5% 44.8% 0.2
   Non-U.S. Citizens 83.309 6.7% 55.2% -0.2
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers (2) 78.781 4.4% 52.2% -1.3
   Foreign Flag Carriers 72.094 10.1% 47.8% 1.3

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 112.2 million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by six percent.

U.S. citizen travel (50.4 million) was up six percent comprising 45 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (61.8 million) were up by seven percent with their market share at 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 55.8 million passengers, up four percent, their share at 50 percent. Foreign flags carried 56.3 million passengers, up nine percent from September 2013 YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 50.408 6.1% 44.9% -0.1
   Non-U.S. Citizens 61.786 6.6% 55.1% 0.1
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 55.846 3.5% 19.8% -1.4
   Foreign Flag Carriers 56.348 9.4% 50.2% 1.4

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2014 / 2013
   Europe    44.113    29%    5.2%
   Asia    22.387    15%    6.0%
   Caribbean    16.175    11%    8.2%
   South America    11.185    7%    3.6%
   Central America    7.987    5%    10.9%
   Middle East    6.005    4%    16.5%
   Oceania    3.279    2%    0.9%
   Africa    1.062    1%    0.9%

China to U.S. 'Arrivals' (2) for September 2014:

  Non-U.S. citizens (Chinese) 175,822 up 24.4% over Sep. 2103
  All inbound non-stop air traffic (incl. U.S.) 242,954 passenger load factor 87.9%

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

Canadian air traffic accounted for 20.9 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by seven percent.

U.S. citizen travel (5.9 million) increased nine percent and comprised 28 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (15.0 million), increased by seven percent. Market share was at 72 percent.

U.S. flags carried 9.4 million passengers, up three percent from last year, with their share at 45 percent. Foreign flags carried 11.5 million passengers, up 11 percent..

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 5.947 8.6% 28.4% 0.3
   Non-U.S. Citizens 14.967 6.6% 71.6% -0.3
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 9.432 3.0% 45.1% -1.8
   Foreign Flag Carriers 11.483 10.8% 54.9% 1.8

Mexico air traffic accounted for 17.8 million passengers, 12 percent of all international traffic, and was up 12 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (11.2 million) increased 13 percent and comprised 63 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (6.6 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by nine percent, with market share 37 percent.

U.S. flags carried 13.5 million passengers, up 10 percent from last year, and their share slipped to 76 percent. Foreign flags carried 4.3 million passengers, up 19 percent increasing share to 24 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 11.211 13.3% 63.1% 1.0
   Non-U.S. Citizens 6.556 8.7% 36.9% -1.0
         
   U.S. Flag Carriers 13.504 9.5% 76.0% -1.4
   Foreign Flag Carriers 4.263 18.5% 24.0% 1.4

September 2014 Year-to-Date

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

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 11.003 1.1%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 8.797 7.2%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 7.211 -1.0%
4. Cancun (CUN) 5.455 12.9%
5. Frankfurt (FRT) 5.195 0.5%
6. Paris (CDG) 5.112 4.0%
7. Mexico City (MEX) 4.698 8.4%
8. Incheon (ICN) 3.950 4.6%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 3.769 9.2%
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 3.588 0.9%

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

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 22.738 7.4%
2. Miami (MIA) 15.298 1.8%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 14.759 9.8%
4. Chicago (ORD) 9.356 9.6%
5. Newark (EWR) 9.192 3.3%
6. Atlanta (ATL) 8.392 7.7%
7. San Francisco (SFO) 7.930 7.5%
8. Houston (IAH) 7.609 11.3%
9. Washington Dulles (IAD) 5.552 4.8%
10. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 5.492 8.6%

Top 10 Airlines(3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
88.2 million Passengers, 59% of Total Air Traffic

    Passengers (mlns) % Change y-o-y
1. United Airlines 23.506 3.4%
2. Delta Air Lines 17.954 8.0%
3. American Airlines 16.977 0.6%
4. US Airways 6.487 1.1%
5. British Airways 5.417 4.2%
6. JetBlue Airways 4.377 23.6%
7. Lufthansa 4.277 2.7%
8. Air Canada (mainline) 3.423 -27.7%
9. West Jet 3.180 10.0%
10. Air France 2.639 -0.9%

Monthly % changes:
January 2014 traffic up 7.7 percent; February, up 5.5 percent; March, up 3.0 percent; April, up 9.6 percent; May, up 9.9 percent; June, up 7.3 percent; July, up 7.1 percent; August, up 7.1 percent and September up 6.3 percent.

NTTO will subsequently publish the September U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, as the 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, August: 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
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Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-0140
Website: https://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) Non-stop air arrivals from China (PRC). Non-U.S. citizens assumed to be mostly Chinese citizens. All inbound from China, including U.S. citizens returning reported and compared to available seats (DIIO/Innovata) to estimate load factor. Note: PRC travelers also connect via Asian hubs or Canada when traveling to U.S.

(3) 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.