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November 14, 2016

July 2016 YTD U.S. - International Air Passenger Traffic up Six Percent
Total International Air Traffic up Seven Percent in July
China ‘Inbound’ Air Traffic up 11 Percent in July

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International air traffic to/from the U.S. (1) totaled 128.96 million passengers through July 2016, a six percent increase over the July 2015 year-to-date period.

U.S. citizen travel (61.1 million) was up nine percent and composed 47 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (67.8 million) increased by three percent with their market share at 53 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 64.0 million passengers, up three percent, with their share under 50 percent. Foreign flags carried 65.0 million passengers, up nine percent from the same period 2015.

International

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

61.115

9.1%

47.4%

1.3

Non-U.S. Citizens

67.845

3.4%

52.6%

-1.3

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

63.970

3.2%

49.6%

-1.4

Foreign Flag Carriers

64.992

9.0%

50.4%

1.4

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 94.7 million passengers, 73 percent of all international, and grew by six percent.

U.S. citizen travel (44.0 million) was up seven percent composing almost 47 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (50.7 million) were up by six percent with market share at almost 54 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 44.9 million passengers, up three percent, their share dropping to 47 percent. Foreign flags carried 49.8 million passengers, up 10 percent from July 2015 YTD.

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

44.006

7.4%

46.5%

0.5

Non-U.S. Citizens

50.701

5.5%

53.5%

-0.5

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

44.880

3.1%

47.4%

-1.5

Foreign Flag Carriers

49.827

9.5%

52.6%

1.5

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% of all International

% Change
2016/2015 YTD

Europe

35.016

27%

5.0%

Asia

19.512

15%

8.6%

Caribbean

14.187

11%

4.3%

South America

9.146

7%

3.9%

Central America

7.166

6%

9.4%

Middle East

6.076

5%

13.2%

Oceania

2.851

2%

7.2%

Africa

0.754

1%

1.9%

China to U.S. ‘Air Arrivals’ (2) for July 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

265,865

107,433

373,298

90.0%

% Chg. July16/15

10.6%

12.9%

11.2%

1.6 pts

Estimated capacity (414,899 seats) on non-stop flights from PRC was up 9.3 percent year-over-year not pacing overall inbound passenger growth of 11.2 percent.

Chinese carriers increased weekly frequencies from 165 to 185, up 12 percent.
U.S. carriers increased weekly frequencies from 136 to 140, up three percent.

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

Mexico air traffic accounted for 17.3 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up nine percent.

U.S. citizen travel (11.8 million) increased 13 percent and composed 68 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (5.5 million) transiting through Mexico, was flat, with market share at 32 percent.

U.S. flags carried 12.7 million passengers, up nine percent from last year, but their share remained unchanged at 73 percent. Foreign flags carried 4.6 million passengers, up 10 percent.

Mexican Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

11.770

13.4%

68.1%

2.7

Non-U.S. Citizens

5.512

0.5%

31.9%

-2.7

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

12.681

8.7%

73.4%

-0.1

Foreign Flag Carriers

4.602

9.6%

26.6%

0.1

 

Canadian air traffic accounted for 16.97 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and increased by one percent.

U.S. citizen travel (5.3 million) increased 14 percent and composed 32 percent of air traffic.
Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (11.6 million), declined almost four percent. Market share slipped to 69 percent.

U.S. flags carried 6.4 million passengers, down six percent from last year, and their share dropped to 38 percent. Foreign flags carried 10.6 million passengers, up six percent.

Canadian Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

5.339

14.4%

31.5%

3.6

Non-U.S. Citizens

11.632

-3.6%

68.5%

-3.6

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

6.409

-5.8%

37.8%

-2.9

Foreign Flag Carriers

10.562

6.4%

62.2%

2.9

 

July 2016 Year-to-Date

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
49.4 million Passengers, 38% of Total International Air Traffic

Passengers (mlns)
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 8.434
2. Toronto (YYZ) 7.667
3. Cancun (CUN) 5.749
4. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 5.522
5. Mexico City (MEX) 4.305
6. Paris (CDG) 4.037
7. Frankfurt (FRA) 3.918
8. Incheon (ICN) 3.667
9. Vancouver (YVR) 3.289
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 2.849

 

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
88.3 million Passengers, 68% of Total Air Traffic

Passengers (mlns)
1. New York (JFK) 18.308
2. Los Angeles (LAX) 13.16
3. Miami (MIA) 12.685
4. Chicago (ORD) 7.289
5. San Francisco (SFO) 7.104
6. Newark (EWR) 7.097
7. Atlanta (ATL) 6.954
8. Houston (IAH)  6.634
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 4.86
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 4.231

 

 

Top 10 Airlines (3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
71.7 million Passengers, 56% of Total Air Traffic

Passengers (mlns)
1. United Airlines (UA) 18.078
2. American Airlines (AA) 17.489
3. Delta Air Lines (DL) 14.813
4. British Airways (BA) 4.222
5. JetBlue (B6) 4.215
6. Lufthansa (LH) 3.358
7. WestJet (WS) 2.665
8. Air Canada (AC-mainline) 2.541
9. Air Canada rouge (RV) 2.18
10. AeroMexico (AM) 2.148

 

 

Monthly % changes:
(See graph at top).

Subsequently NTTO will publish the July U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, when 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 2016 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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(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 theSurvey 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:

  • 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.