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August 16, 2016

 

April 2016 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Six Percent

Total U.S. - International Air Traffic up Three Percent in April

All Regions, Except Canada, Show Solid Growth

 

 

International air traffic to/from the U.S. (1) totaled 67.7 million passengers through April 2016, a six percent increase over the April 2015 year-to-date period.

 

U.S. citizen travel (30.7 million) was up 10 percent, edging up to 45 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (37.0 million) increased by three percent with resulting market share at 55 percent.

 

U.S. airlines carried 33.8 million passengers, up three percent, and their share slipped to 50 percent. Foreign flags carried 33.8 million passengers, up nine percent from same period 2015.

 

International

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

30.719

9.9%

45.4%

1.6

Non-U.S. Citizens

36.953

3.0%

54.6%

-1.6

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

33.825

3.4%

50.0%

-1.2

Foreign Flag Carriers

33.847

8.8%

50.0%

1.2

 

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

 

Overseas air traffic accounted for 48.6 million passengers, 72 percent of all international, and grew by seven percent.

 

U.S. citizen travel (21.8 million) was up eight percent and composed 45 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (26.8 million) increased by six percent, a 55 percent share.

 

U.S. airlines carried 23.2 million passengers, up three percent, their share dropping to 48 percent. Foreign flags carried 25.4 million passengers, up 11 percent from April 2015YTD.

 

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

21.812

8.1%

44.9%

0.5

Non-U.S. Citizens

26.758

5.8%

55.1%

-0.5

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

23.191

3.1%

47.7%

-1.8

Foreign Flag Carriers

25.378

10.5%

52.3%

1.8

 

Overseas regions performed as follows:

 

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% of all International

% Change

2016/2015 YTD

Europe

15.960

24%

5.2%

Asia

10.541

16%

8.7%

Caribbean

7.718

11%

4.5%

South America

5.151

8%

6.1%

Central America

4.085

6%

9.3%

Middle East

3.141

5%

13.8%

Oceania

1.578

2%

7.5%

Africa

0.396

1%

5.2%

 

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

 

 

Non-U.S. Citizens

(Originating from PRC)

U.S. Citizens

(Returning to U.S.)

Total Inbound Passengers on Non-stop Flights

Load Factor (Estimate)

Passengers

180,150

118,366

298,516

82.9%

% Chg. Apr.16/15

21.8%

32.0%

25.7%

(0.9 pts)

 

Estimated capacity (360,220 seats) on inbound flights from PRC was up 27.0 percent year-over-year. Overall inbound passenger growth was 25.7 percent passenger growth.

 

Chinese carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 108 to 164, up 52 percent.

U.S. carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 118 to 128, up eight percent.

(Note: maximum round trip weekly frequencies, for each side, is 171 (Zones 1 and 2)

 

North American markets accounted for 28 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

 

Mexico air traffic accounted for 9.7 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and was up 10 percent.

 

U.S. citizen travel (6.7 million) increased 15 percent and composed 69 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (3.0 million) transiting through Mexico, remained flat, and market share slipped to 31 percent.

 

U.S. flags carried 7.3 million passengers, up 10 percent from last year, but their share remained the same at 75 percent. Foreign flags carried 2.4 million passengers, up nine percent with share at almost 25 percent.

 

Mexican Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

6.663

14.5%

68.7%

2.9

Non-U.S. Citizens

3.040

0.4%

31.3%

-2.9

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

7.318

9.9%

75.4%

0.2

Foreign Flag Carriers

2.386

8.7%

24.6%

-0.2

 

 

Canadian air traffic accounted for 9.4 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and declined by one percent.

 

U.S. citizen travel (2.2 million) increased 15 percent and composed 24 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (7.2 million), decreased by six percent. Market share shifted down almost four percentage points.

 

U.S. flags carried 3.3 million passengers, down seven percent from last year, and their share dropped to 35 percent. Foreign flags carried 6.1 million passengers, up two percent.

 

Canadian Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

2.244

15.3%

23.9%

3.5

Non-U.S. Citizens

7.155

-5.7%

76.1%

-3.5

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

3.316

-7.2%

35.3%

-2.2

Foreign Flag Carriers

6.083

2.1%

64.7%

2.2

 

 

April 2016 Year-to-Date

 

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
25.9 million Passengers, 38% of Total International Air Traffic
Passengers (millions)
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 4.282
2. Toronto (YYZ) 4.158
3. Cancun (CUN) 3.245
4. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 3.024
5. Mexico City (MEX) 2.298
6. Incheon (ICN) 1.992
7. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 1.887
8. Frankfurt (FRA) 1.862
9. Vancouver (YVR) 1.723
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 1.39
Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
45.7 million Passengers, 67% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers (millions)
1. New York (JFK) 9.21
2. Miami (MIA) 7.135
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 6.81
4. Atlanta (ATL) 3.661
5. Newark (EWR) 3.653
6. Chicago (ORD) 3.608
7. San Francisco (SFO) 3.571
8. Houston (IAH) 3.508
9. Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) 2.502
10. Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 2.053
Top 10 Airlines (3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
38.1 million Passengers, 56% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers (millions)
1. United Airlines (UA) 9.415
2. American Airlines (AA) 9.288
3. Delta Air Lines (DL) 7.637
4. JetBlue (B6) 2.317
5. British Airways (BA) 2.18
6. WestJet (WS) 1.767
7. Lufthansa (LH) 1.628
8. Air Canada (RV) rouge 1.475
9. Air Canada (AC) mainline 1.262
10. AeroMexico (AM) 1.125

 

Later this month NTTO will publish the April U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, as aggregate Canadian and Mexican departure data have been 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 2016, March: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2016-O-001/index.html

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

 

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International Trade Administration
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Website:https://travel.trade.gov/

Email:ntto@trade.gov

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(1)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. 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.

 

(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:

  • 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.