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January 26, 2015
U.S.-International Air Passenger Traffic a Record 197.3 Million in 2014
Total U.S.-International Traffic up Four Percent in December, Seven Percent for the Year
International non-stop air traffic to/from the U.S.(1)totaled 197.3 million passengers in 2014, a seven percent increase over 2013.
U.S. citizen travel (86.4 million) was up almost seven percent and comprised 44 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (110.9 million) increased by six percent with their market share at 56 percent, relatively unchanged from 2013.
U.S. airlines carried 102.1 million passengers, up four percent, with their share at 52 percent, down from 2013. Foreign flags carried 95.2 million passengers, up 10 percent from 2013.
The following, overseas, Canada and Mexico regions are ‘breakouts’ of international:
Overseas air traffic accounted for 146.5 million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by six percent in 2014.
U.S. citizen travel (64.5 million) was up almost six percent comprising 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travel (82.0 million) was up by six percent with their market share at 56 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 72.3 million passengers, up three percent, their share at 49 percent. Foreign flags carried 74.2 million passengers, up nine percent from 2013.
Overseas regions performed as follows:
China to U.S. 'Arrivals' (2) for December 2014:
Estimated capacity (seats) on inbound flights, up 24 percent year-over-year, exceeded 12.3 percent passenger growth
North American markets accounted for 26 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.
Canadian air traffic accounted for 27.5 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by seven percent.
U.S. citizen travel (7.6 million) increased eight percent and comprised 27 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (20.0 million), increased by six percent. Market share was at 73 percent.
U.S. flags carried 12.3 million passengers, up three percent from 2013, with their share at almost 45 percent. Foreign flags carried 15.2 million passengers, up 11 percent, increasing market share.
Mexico air traffic accounted for 23.3 million passengers, 12 percent of all international traffic, and was up 10 percent.
U.S. citizen travel (14.4 million) increased 11 percent and comprised 62 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (8.9 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by eight percent, with market share 38 percent.
U.S. flags carried 17.5 million passengers, up eight percent from 2013, however their share slipped to 75 percent. Foreign flags carried 5.8 million passengers, up 18 percent increasing share to 25 percent.
Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
Top 10 Countries (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/from Foreign Airports):
Top 10 Airlines (3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
Monthly % changes (Notes):
By the third week of February 2015 NTTO will publish the Annual 2014 U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, after 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 November 2014 YTD 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
(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. Also, traffic to the Middle East will connect through the U.A.E. 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, compared to available seats (DIIO/Innovata) to estimate load factor. Note: T-100 (U.S. DOT) data also discloses declining load factors through July 2014 vs 2013. 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: