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July 31, 2015
June 2015 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic(1) up Five Percent
Total International Air Traffic Surpassed 100 Million in the First Half of Year
International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 100.7 million passengers through June 2015, a five percent increase over the first half of 2014.
U.S. citizen travel (45.8 million) was up six percent and composed 45 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (55.0 million) increased by four percent with their market share decreasing to 55 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 51.3 million passengers, up one percent, however their share slipped to 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 49.4 million passengers, up nine percent from same period 2014.
The following, overseas, Canada and Mexico regions are ‘breakouts’ of international:
Overseas air traffic accounted for 73.3 million passengers, 73 percent of all international, and grew by four percent.
U.S. citizen travel (33.4 million) was up five percent composing 46 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (39.9 million) were up by four percent with market share at 54 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 35.9 million passengers, up one percent, but their share dropping to 49 percent. Foreign flags carried 37.5 million passengers, up eight percent from June 2014 YTD.
Overseas regions performed as follows:
China to U.S. 'Air Arrivals' (2) for June 2015:
Estimated capacity (323,764 seats) on non-stop flights from PRC was up 18.6 percent year-over-year exceeding overall inbound passenger growth of 14.3 percent.
North American markets accounted for 27 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.
Canadian air traffic accounted for 14.2 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by four percent.
U.S. citizen travel (3.6 million) increased 11 percent and grew to 26 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (10.5 million), increased by two percent. Market share declined to 74 percent.
U.S. flags carried 5.6 million passengers, down four percent from last year, and their share dropped to 40 percent. Foreign flags carried 8.5 million passengers, up 10 percent.
Mexico air traffic accounted for 13.3 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up 10 percent.
U.S. citizen travel (8.7 million) increased 11 percent and composed 66 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (4.5 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by eight percent, but market share dropped to 34 percent.
U.S. flags carried 9.8 million passengers, up five percent from last year, but their share slipped from 78 to 74 percent. Foreign flags carried 3.4 million passengers, up 28 percent increasing share to 26 percent.
June 2015 Year-to-Date
Top 10 Foreign Airports (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:
Subsequently NTTO will publish the June U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, as 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 2015, https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2015-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) These reflect non-stop air passenger -only data which derive from airline flight manifests of all ‘on-boards.’ Although these numbers include ‘visitors,’ according to UN WTO definitions, air traffic also includes transits, immigrants and other non-visitor visa types. 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, some 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 via the Survey of International Air Travelers.
(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: 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: