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March 30, 2016

U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic for January 2016 up Seven Percent
International Air Traffic totaled 17.2Million Passengers
Strong Traffic to/from Asia and Middle East

 

International air traffic to/from the U.S. (1) totaled 17.2 million passengers in January 2016, a 6.7 percent increase over January 2015.

U.S. citizen travel (7.5 million) increased 10 percent, raising its share to 43.7 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (9.7 million) increased by four percent.

U.S. airlines carried 8.5 million passengers, up three percent, however their share slipped from 51 to 50 percent. Foreign flags carried 8.7 million passengers, up 11 percent from January 2015.

International

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

7.519

10.2%

43.7%

1.4

Non-U.S. Citizens

9.677

4.1%

56.3%

-1.4

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (2)

8.510

3.1%

49.5%

-1.7

Foreign Flag Carriers

8.687

10.5%

50.5%

1.7

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 12.5 million passengers, 73 percent of all U.S.-international air traffic, grew by eight percent.

U.S. citizen travel (5.4 million) increased eight percent and composed 43.1 percent of all overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (7.1 million) increased by seven percent with their market share to slipping to below 57 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 5.9 million passengers, up three percent, however their share dropped to 47 percent. Foreign flags carried 6.6 million passengers, up 12 percent from January 2015.

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

5.389

8.4%

43.1%

0.4

Non-U.S. Citizens

7.126

6.9%

56.9%

-0.4

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers

5.892

2.9%

47.1%

-2.1

Foreign Flag Carriers

6.623

12.0%

52.9%

2.1

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% of all International

% Change
2016/2015

Europe

3.761

22%

4.6%

Asia

2.800

16%

11.3%

Caribbean

1.863

11%

3.4%

South America

1.505

9%

7.3%

Central America

1.150

7%

10.2%

Middle East

0.874

5%

15.8%

Oceania

0.454

3%

8.2%

Africa

0.107

1%

3.1%

China to U.S. ‘Air Arrivals’ (2) for January 2016:

 

Non-U.S. Citizens
(Originating PRC)

U.S. Citizens
(Returning)

Total Inbound on Non-stop Flights

Load Factor (Estimate)

Passengers

231,041

80,437

311,478

90.2%

% Chg. Jan.16/15

24.7%

33.5%

26.9%

+ 3.3 pct pts

Estimated capacity (345,337 seats) on inbound flights, up 22.2 percent year-over-year, was below the 26.9 percent in passenger growth, reflecting a higher load factor.

Chinese carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 103 to 146, up 42 percent.
U.S. carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 117 to 131, up 12 percent.

 

Gulf Carrier Air Traffic to/from the U.S. - January 2016


Passengers % Chg. y-o-y

Emirates (EK) 308,754 26.2% (to/from Dubai (DXB); limited service from Milan (MXP)
Qatar (QR) 132,234 17.4% (to/from Doha (DOH))
Etihad (EY) 113,211 13.6% (to/from Abu Dhabi (AUH))
554,199

The Gulf carrier passenger share was 3.2% of all international passenger traffic to/from the U.S., up from 2.8% in January 2015. Over 309,000 million passengers were inbound to the U.S. of which 164,000 were foreign travelers.

 

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

Canadian air traffic accounted for 2.2 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and decreased by two percent.

U.S. citizen travel (503,000) increased thirteen percent and composed 23 percent of all air traffic in the market. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (1.7 million) decreased by five percent. Market share decreased three percentage points.

U.S. flags carried 796,000 passengers, down nine percent from last year, and their share dropped to 36 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.4 million passengers, up three percent.

Canadian Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

0.503

12.8%

22.8%

2.9

Non-U.S. Citizens

1.699

-5.3%

77.2%

-2.9

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers

0.796

-8.6%

36.1%

-2.8

Foreign Flag Carriers

1.406

2.7%

63.9%

2.8

Mexico air traffic accounted for 2.5 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and was up 11 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (1.6 million) increased 16 percent and composed 66 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (852,000) transiting through Mexico, increased by two percent, but their market share declined to 34 percent.

U.S. flags carried 1.82 million passengers, up 10 percent from last year, dropping their share to 73 percent. Foreign flags carried 659,000 passengers, up 13 percent, increasing share to almost 27 percent.

Mexican Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

1.627

15.9

65.6%

2.9

Non-U.S. Citizens

0.852

2.2%

34.4%

-2.9

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers

1.821

10.0%

73.4%

-0.5

Foreign Flag Carriers

0.659

12.8%

26.6%

0.5

 

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.)
37% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers % Change y-o-y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 1,051,153 1.7%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 950,469 3.8%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 770,554 4.7%
4. Cancun (CUN) 765,229 8.3%
5. Mexico City (MEX) 635,266 14.0%
6. Incheon (ICN) 558,774 10.6%
7. Frankfurt (FRA) 469,905 4.2%
8. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 446,694 6.5%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 412,279 0.1%
10. Sao Paulo (GRU) 351,663 0.4%
Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports)
68.0% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers % Change y-o-y
1. New York (JFK) 2,280,643 10.1%
2. Miami (MIA) 1,976,024 4.8%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 1,786,607 10.9%
4. Houston (IAH) 950,720 11.3%
5. Atlanta (ATL) 930,265 3.3%
6. San Francisco (SFO) 916,212 12.6%
7. Chicago (ORD) 906,311 4.6%
8. Newark (EWR) 868,338 -1.9%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 643,050 3.4%
10. Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 532,833 2.5%
Top 10 Airlines (3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
54% of Total Air Traffic, Down Two Percentage Points from January 2015
Passengers % Change y-o-y
1. United Airlines 2,359,669 1.0%
2. American Airlines 2,351,702 -3.6%
3. Delta Air Lines 1,916,868 2.9%
4. JetBlue 595,861 15.4%
5. British Airways 531,758 1.3%
6. West Jet 438,385 2.3%
7. Lufthansa 401,528 6.0%
8. Air Canada (rouge) 337,616 44.3%
9. AeroMexico 320,226 1.5%
10. Emirates 308,754 26.2%

 

In early April NTTO will publish the January 2016 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 2015 through December see: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2015-O-001/index.html

A description of the “I-92” 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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Phone: (202) 482-0140
Website: https://travel.trade.gov/
Email: ntto@trade.gov
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  • These reflect 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. Some traffic to the Middle East will connect through the U.A.E and some traffic to Mexico will connect through MEX to Central/South America. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting visitation (1+ nights), occurs after year-end data is compiled.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.