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April 2015 YTD U.S. – International Air Passenger Traffic up Five Percent

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International non-stop air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 63.8 million passengers through April 2015, a five percent increase over the April 2014 year-to-date period.

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Total U.S. – International Air Traffic up Almost Four Percent in April Mexico, Caribbean and Middle East Strong Traffic; Asia Solid for the Year

U.S. citizen travel (27.9 million) was up seven percent, edging up to 44 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (35.9 million) increased by three percent with resulting market share at 56 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 32.7 million passengers, up one percent, and their share slipped to 51 percent. Foreign flags carried 31.1 million passengers, up nine percent from same period 2014.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 27.941 6.6% 43.8% 0.8
   Non-U.S. Citizens 35.893 3.3% 56.2% -0.8
   U.S. Flag Carriers (3) 32.715 1.0% 51.2% -1.9
   Foreign Flag Carriers 31.119 9.0% 48.8% 1.9

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 45.5 million passengers, 71 percent of all international, and grew by four percent.

U.S. citizen travel (20.2 million) was up five percent and comprised 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (25.3 million) increased by three percent, 56 percent share.

U.S. airlines carried 22.5 million passengers, up one percent, their share dropping to below 50 percent. Foreign flags carried 23.0 million passengers, up seven percent from April 2014YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 20.173 5.4% 44.4% 0.6
   Non-U.S. Citizens 25.280 3.0% 55.6% -0.6
   U.S. Flag Carriers 22.485 0.9% 49.5% -1.5
   Foreign Flag Carriers 22.968 7.4% 50.5% 1.5

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all
International
% Change
2015 / 2014 YTD
   Europe    15.174    24%    1.4%
   Asia    9.700    15%    4.8%
   Caribbean    7.366    12%    8.3%
   South America    4.855    8%    -1.0%
   Central America    3.736    6%    1.8%
   Middle East    2.759    4%    19.4%
   Oceania    1.467    2%    5.2%
   Africa    0.376    1%    -5.1%

China to U.S. ‘Air Arrivals’ (2) for April 2015:

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 147,887 89,668 237,555 83.8%
   % Chg. Apr 15/14 19.8% 7.8% 15.0%

Estimated capacity (283,496 seats) on inbound flights from PRC was up 14.4 percent year-over-year. Overall inbound passenger growth was 15.0 percent passenger growth.

North American markets accounted for 29 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 9.5 million passengers, 15 percent of all international traffic, and increased by five percent.

U.S. citizen travel (1.9 million) increased 11 percent and comprised 20 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (7.6 million), increased by three percent. Market share shifted down 1.2 percentage points.

U.S. flags carried 3.6 million passengers, down four percent from last year, and their share dropped to 38 percent. Foreign flags carried 6.0 million passengers, up 10 percent.

Canada Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 1.946 11.4% 20.4% 1.2
   Non-U.S. Citizens 7.585 2.8% 79.6% -1.2
   U.S. Flag Carriers 3.574 -4.0% 37.5% -3.3
   Foreign Flag Carriers 5.957 10.3% 62.5% 3.3

Mexico air traffic accounted for 8.8 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and was up nine percent.

U.S. citizen travel (5.8 million) increased 10 percent and comprised 66 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (3.0 million) transiting through Mexico, increased seven percent, but market share slipped to 34 percent.

U.S. flags carried 6.7 million passengers, up four percent from last year, but their share slipped to 75 percent. Foreign flags carried 2.2 million passengers, up 25 percent increasing share to 25 percent.

Mexican Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.
   U.S. Citizens 5.822 9.6% 65.8% 0.6
   Non-U.S. Citizens 3.028 7.0% 34.2% -0.6
   U.S. Flag Carriers 6.656 4.3% 75.2% -3.2
   Foreign Flag Carriers 2.194 24.5% 24.8% 3.2

April 2015 Year-to-Date

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

Passengers (mlns) % Change 15/14
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 4.192 1.4%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 4.040 7.1%
3. Cancun (CUN) 2.956 16.1%
4. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 2.902 -4.6%
5. Mexico City (MEX) 2.077 5.5%
6. Incheon (ICN) 1.865 15.7%
7. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 1.811 1.0%
8. Frankfurt (FRT) 1.796 0.7%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 1.704 13.8%
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 1.312 5.9%

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/from Foreign Airports):
43.2 million Passengers, 67% of Total Air Traffic

Passengers (mlns) % Change 15/14
1. New York (JFK) 8.431 3.9%
2. Miami (MIA) 6.971 2.5%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 6.194 4.9%
4. Newark (EWR) 3.671 1.7%
5. Atlanta (ATL) 3.510 3.6%
6. Chicago (ORD) 3.481 1.2%
7. Houston (IAH) 3.289 3.4%
8. San Francisco (SFO) 3.255 6.4%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 2.356 8.1%
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 2.020 -2.0%

Top 10 Airlines(3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
36.5 million Passengers, 57% of Total Air Traffic

Passengers (mlns) % Change 15/14
1. United Airlines (UA) 9.533 -0.2%
2. Delta Air Lines (DL) 7.340 5.2%
3. American Airlines (AA) 7.022 -3.3%
4. US Airways (US) 2.445 -5.8%
5. British Airways (BA) 2.155 2.3%
6. JetBlue (B6) 1.977 14.5%
7. West Jet (WS) 1.753 3.1%
8. Lufthansa (LH) 1.554 3.8%
9. Air Canada (AC) mainline 1.519 -20.2%
10. AeroMexico (AM) 1.191 12.9%

Monthly % changes:

January 2015 traffic was up 5.4 percent, February, 5.8 percent, March, 4.5 percent and April, 3.5%. (Note: Easter/Passover occurred on April 5 vs. April 20 in 2014.)

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 2015, March: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2015-O-001/index.html

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

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