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January 24, 2017

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

Total International Traffic up Two Percent in November

Asia up Six Percent, Europe up Five Percent and Middle East up One Percent the Month

Chinese Arrivals up 16 percent in November

 

 

International air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 202.1 million passengers through November 2016, a six percent increase over the November 2015 year-to-date period.

 

U.S. citizen travel (92.8 million) was up eight percent and composed 46 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (109.3 million) increased by four percent with their market share at 54 percent.

 

U.S. airlines carried 97.8 million passengers, up two percent, with their share at 48 percent. Foreign flags carried 104.2 million passengers, up nine percent from the same period 2015.

 

International

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

 92.757

7.9%

45.9%

1.0

Non-U.S. Citizens

109.297

3.6%

54.1%

-1.0

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

97.810

2.0%

48.4%

-1.7

Foreign Flag Carriers

104.244

9.0%

51.6%

1.7

 

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

 

Overseas air traffic accounted for 149.9 million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by six percent.

 

U.S. citizen travel (67.2 million) was up six percent composing 45 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (82.6 million) were up by five percent with their market share at 55 percent.

 

U.S. airlines carried 69.3 million passengers, up two percent, their share at 46 percent. Foreign flags carried 80.6 million passengers, up nine percent from November 2015 YTD.

 

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

67.243

6.3%

44.9%

0.3

Non-U.S. Citizens

82.617

5.1%

55.1%

-0.3

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

69.308

2.2%

46.2%

-1.6

Foreign Flag Carriers

80.551

8.8%

53.8%

1.6

 

Overseas regions performed as follows:

 

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% of all International

% Change

2016/2015 YTD

Europe

57.978

29%

5.0%

Asia

31.060

15%

8.1%

Caribbean

20.906

10%

3.6%

South America

14.191

7%

1.5%

Central America

10.467

5%

7.6%

Middle East

9.550

5%

11.1%

Oceania

4.517

2%

6.8%

Africa

1.192

1%

-1.3%

 

 

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

 

 

Non-U.S. Citizens

(Originating PRC)

U.S. Citizens

(Returning)

Total Inbound on Non-stop Flights

Load Factor (Estimate)

Passengers

158,925

114,617

273,542

74.6%

% Chg. Nov. YOY

14.7%

16.6%

15.5%

-1.7 pct. pts

 

Estimated capacity (366,788 seats) on non-stop flights from PRC was up 18.2 percent in November, more than the total inbound non-stop market passenger growth of 15.5 percent.

 

Chinese carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 133 to 169, up 27 percent.

U.S. carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 124 to 133, up seven percent.

 

 

North American markets accounted for 26 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

 

Canadian air traffic accounted for 26.7 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and increased by three percent.

 

U.S. citizen travel (8.7 million) increased 14 percent and composed 33 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (18.0 million), decreased by almost two percent. Market share was at 67 percent.

 

U.S. flags carried 10.2 million passengers, down six percent from 2016, with their share at 38 percent. Foreign flags carried 16.5 million passengers, up 10 percent.

 

Canadian Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

8.721

13.8%

32.7%

3.1

Non-U.S. Citizens

17.984

-1.5%

67.3%

-3.1

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

10.172

-6.2%

38.1%

-3.7

Foreign Flag Carriers

16.532

9.6%

61.9%

3.7

 

Mexico air traffic accounted for 25.5 million passengers, almost 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up eight percent.

 

U.S. citizen travel (16.8 million) increased 12 percent and composed 66 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (8.7 million) transiting through Mexico, experienced flat growth, with market share at 34 percent.

 

U.S. flags carried 18.3 million passengers, up seven percent from 2015, but their share slipped to 72 percent. Foreign flags carried 7.2 million passengers, up 10 percent increasing share to 28 percent.

 

Mexican Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

16.793

11.6%

65.9%

2.4

Non-U.S. Citizens

8.696

0.4%

34.1%

-2.4

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

18.328

6.5%

71.9%

-0.7

Foreign Flag Carriers

7.161

10.1%

28.1%

0.7

 

 

November 2016 Year-to-Date

 

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
78.0 million Passengers, 38% of Total International Air Traffic
Passengers (mlns)
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 13.599
2. Toronto (YYZ) 12.207
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 8.87
4. Cancun (CUN) 8.096
5. Mexico City (MEX) 6.77
6. Paris (CDG) 6.544
7. Frankfurt (FRA) 6.341
8. Incheon (ICN) 5.803
9. Vancouver (YVR) 5.179
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 4.628

 

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
139.1 million Passengers, 68% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers (mlns)
1. New York (JFK) 29.562
2. Los Angeles (LAX) 21.042
3. Miami (MIA) 19.519
4. Chicago (ORD) 11.493
5. San Francisco (SFO) 11.425
6. Newark (EWR) 11.233
7. Atlanta (ATL) 10.57
8. Houston (IAH)  9.966
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 7.489
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 6.824

 

Top 10 Airlines (3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
110.9 million Passengers, 55% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers (mlns)
1. United Airlines (UA) 27.799
2. American Airlines (AA) 26.594
3. Delta Air Lines (DL) 22.732
4. British Airways (BA) 6.813
5. JetBlue Airways (B6) 6.518
6. Lufthansa (LH) 5.443
7. Air Canada (AC) (mainline) 4.12
8. WestJet (WS) 3.993
9. Virgin Atlantic (VS) 3.46
10. AeroMexico (AM) 3.397

 

Later this month NTTO will publish the November U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, as 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 current 2016, October: 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.html includes subscription prices for detail reports in excel and adobe.

 

 

U.S. Department of Commerce

International Trade Administration
National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 10003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone:  (202) 482-0140

Website:https://travel.trade.gov/

Email:ntto@trade.gov

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  • 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.
  • 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 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.