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US international air passenger traffic grows

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US international air passenger traffic grows
Aug 20, 2013

International air traffic to/from the U.S. totaled 89.7 million passengers through June 2013, a four percent increase over the June 2012 year-to-date period. U.S. citizen travel (40.0 million) was up two percent and comprised 45 percent of all air traffic. However, non-U.S. citizen air travelers (49.7 million) increased by five percent with their market share at 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 48.3 million passengers, up three percent, however their share slipped to 54 percent. Foreign flags carried 41.4 million passengers, up five percent from same period 2012.

International Passengers

U.S. Citizens - 39.965 mln, 2.4% Chg y-o-y, 45% market share, 0% Pt. chg.

Non-U.S. Citizens - 49.696 mln, 5.0% Chg y-o-y, 55% market share, 0% Pt. chg.

U.S. Flag Carriers - 48.281 mln, 2.6% Chg y-o-y, 54% market share, -1% Pt. chg.

Foreign Flag Carriers - 41.380 mln, 5.3% Chg y-o-y, 46% market share, +1 Pt. chg.

The following, overseas, Canada, and Mexico regions are “breakouts” of international:

Overseas air traffic accounted for 66.1 million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by three percent. U.S. citizen travel (30.0 million) was up one percent comprising 45 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (36.1 million) were up by five percent increasing their market share to 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 34.1 million passengers, up two percent, their share holding at 52 percent. Foreign flags carried 32.0 million passengers, up five percent from June 2012 YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers US

U.S. Citizens - 30.025 mln, 1.0% Chg y-o-y, 45% market share, -1% Pt. chg.

Non-U.S. Citizens - 36.102 mln, 5.3% Chg y-o-y, 55% market share, +1 Pt. chg.

U.S. Flag Carriers - 34.101 mln, 1.7% Chg y-o-y, 52% market share, 0 Pt. chg.

Foreign Flag Carriers - 32.026 mln, 5.1% Chg y-o-y, 48% market share, 0 Pt. chg.

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers Global

Europe - 24.866 mln, 28% of all intl., 0.8% change 2013/2012 YTD

Asia - 13.613 mln, 15% of all intl., 4.4% change 2013/2012 YTD

Caribbean - 9.803 mln, 11% of all intl., 1.2% change 2013/2012 YTD

South America - 7.017 mln, 8% of all intl., 8.9% change 2013/2012 YTD

Central America - 4.822 mln, 5% of all intl., 4.9% change 2013/2012 YTD

Middle East - 3.261 mln, 4% of all intl., 10.0% change 2013/2012 YTD

Oceania - 2.081 mln, 2% of all intl., 7.9% change 2013/2012 YTD

Africa - 0.683 mln, 1% of all intl., -0.7% change 2013/2012 YTD

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

Canadian air traffic accounted for 12.8 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by four percent. U.S. citizen travel (3.0 million) increased six percent and comprised 24 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (9.8 million), increased by four percent. Market share declined to 76 percent.

U.S. flags carried 5.7 million passengers, up four percent from last year, and their share slipped to 44 percent. Foreign flags carried 7.1 million passengers, up four percent.

Canada Region Passengers

U.S. Citizens - 3.016 mln, 6.1% Chg y-o-y, 24% market share, +1 % Pt. chg.

Non-U.S. Citizens - 9.776 mln, 3.5% Chg y-o-y, 76% market share, -1 % Pt. chg.

U.S. Flag Carriers - 5.684 mln, 3.7% Chg y-o-y, 44%, market share, -1 % Pt. chg.

Foreign Flag Carriers - 7.108 mln, 4.4% Chg y-o-y, 56%, market share, +1 % Pt. chg.

Mexico air traffic accounted for 10.7 million passengers, 12 percent of all international traffic, and was up seven percent. U.S. citizen travel (6.9 million) increased seven percent and comprised 64 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (3.8 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by six percent, holding market share at 36 percent.

U.S. flags carried 8.5 million passengers, up six percent from last year, and their share slipped from 80 to 79 percent. Foreign flags carried 2.2 million passengers, up 12 percent increasing share to 21 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers

U.S. Citizens - 6.923 mln, 7.2% Chg y-o-y, 64% market share, 0 % Pt. chg.

Non-U.S. Citizens - 3.819 mln, 6.4% Chg y-o-y, 36% market share, 0 % Pt. chg.

U.S. Flag Carriers - 8.495 mln, 5.5% Chg y-o-y, 79% market share, -1 % Pt. chg.

Foreign Flag Carriers - 2.247 mln, 12.3% Chg y-o-y, 21% market share, +1 % Pt. chg.

June 2013 Year-to-Date

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):

35.6 million Passengers, 39% of Total International Air Traffic

1. London Heathrow (LHR) - 6.728 mln, 1.0% Chg y-o-y
2. Toronto (YYZ) - 5.390 mln, 6.6% Chg y-o-y
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) - 4.675 mln, 2.5% Chg y-o-y
4. Cancun (CUN) - 3.427 mln, 7.8% Chg y-o-y
5. Frankfurt (FRT) - 3.103 mln, 1.6% Chg y-o-y
6. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) - 2.850 mln, 0.1% Chg y-o-y
7. Mexico City (MEX) - 2.704 mln, 10.2% Chg y-o-y
8. Incheon (ICT) - 2.419 mln, 5.8% Chg y-o-y
9. Vancouver (YVR) - 2.148 mln, -1.9% Chg y-o-y
10. Amsterdam (AMS) - 2.129 mln, 5.0% Chg y-o-y

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
62.2 million Passengers, 69% of Total Air Traffic

1. New York (JFK) - 12.400 mln, 4.4% Chg y-o-y
2. Miami (MIA) - 9.881 mln, 4.1% Chg y-o-y
3. Los Angeles (LAX) - 8.469 mln, 2.0% Chg y-o-y
4. Newark (EWR) - 5.678 mln, 0.6% Chg y-o-y
5. Chicago (ORD) - 5.241 mln, 2.5% Chg y-o-y
6. Atlanta (ATL) - 5.018 mln, 3.7% Chg y-o-y
7. San Francisco (SFO) - 4.590 mln, 2.5% Chg y-o-y
8. Houston (IAH) - 4.456 mln, 2.2% Chg y-o-y
9. Washington Dulles (IAD) - 3.279 mln, 3.7% Chg y-o-y
10. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) - 3.173 mln, 11.9% Chg y-o-y

Top 10 Airlines(2) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
55.0 million Passengers, 61% of Total Air Traffic

1. United Airlines - 14.642 mln, 1.6% Chg y-o-y
2. American Airlines - 10.864 mln, 0.9% Chg y-o-y
3. Delta Air Lines - 10.156 mln, 4.5% Chg y-o-y
4. US Airways - 4.185 mln, 3.2% Chg y-o-y
5. Air Canada - 3.384 mln, 1.0% Chg y-o-y
6. British Airways - 3.304 mln, 3.2% Chg y-o-y
7. Lufthansa - 2.562 mln, 4.7% Chg y-o-y
8. Jet Blue Airways - 2.217 mln, 10.5% Chg y-o-y
9. West Jet - 2.091 mln, 9.8% Chg y-o-y
10. Air France - 1.567 mln, -3.0% Chg y-o-y

Monthly % changes:

January 2013 traffic up 3.5 percent; February, up 1.9 percent; March, up 7.0 percent

Easter/Passover was “earlier” this year (March 31) vs. April 8, 2012); April, up 0.7 percent; May, up 4.2 percent; and June, up 5.1 percent.

Source: Office of Travel & Tourism Industries



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