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First Quarter 2016 U.S. – International Air Passenger Traffic up Seven Percent

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International air traffic to/from the U.S. (1) totaled 50.4 million passengers through March 2016, a seven percent increase over the March 2015 year-to-date period.

U.S. citizen travel (22.8 million) was up 11 percent and composed 45 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (27.7 million) increased by four percent with market share at 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 25.3 million passengers, up four percent, their share dropping to 50 percent. Foreign flags carried 25.1 million passengers, up 10 percent from the same period in 2015.

International

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

22.768

11.2%

45.1%

1.6

Non-U.S. Citizens

27.668

3.9%

54.9%

-1.6

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

25.295

4.2%

50.2%

-1.3

Foreign Flag Carriers

25.141

10.0%

49.8%

1.3

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

Overseasair traffic accounted for 36.0 million passengers, 71 percent of all international, and grew by eight percent.

U.S. citizen travel (16.1 million) was up nine percent and composed 45 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (19.9 million) increased by seven percent resulting in their market share at 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 17.2 million passengers, up four percent, their share dropping to 48 percent. Foreign flags carried 18.7 million passengers, up 12 percent from March 2015 YTD.

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

16.061

9.2%

44.7%

0.6

Non-U.S. Citizens

19.890

6.7%

55.3%

-0.6

 

U.S. Flag Carriers

17.235

3.8%

47.9%

-1.9

Foreign Flag Carriers

18.717

11.7%

52.1%

1.9

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% of all International

% Change
2016/2015 YTD

Europe

11.201

22%

6.3%

Asia

7.988

16%

8.8%

Caribbean

5.760

11%

5.6%

South America

3.980

8%

 7.5%

Central America

3.196

6%

11.1%

Middle East

2.349

5%

14.4%

Oceania

1.184

2%

6.5%

Africa

0.293

1%

5.9%

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

161,779

102,999

264,778

76.4%

% Chg. Mar.16/15

15.2%

36.4%

22.6%

1.0 pts

Estimated capacity (346,398 seats) on inbound flights from PRC was up 21 percent year-over-year. Overall inbound passenger growth was 22.6 percent passenger growth.Â

Chinese carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 103 to 146, up 42 percent.
U.S. carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 117 to 132, up 13 percent.

Gulf Carrier Air Traffic to/from the U.S. – First Quarter 2016 YTD
Passengers (mlns) % Chg. y-o-y
Emirates (EK)
0.822
25.1% (to/from Dubai (DXB); limited service from Milan (MXP)
Qatar (QR)
0.373
23.6% (to/from Doha (DOH))
Etihad (EY)
0.300
9.4% (to/from Abu Dhabi (AUH))
1.495

The Gulf carrier passenger share was 3.0% of all international passenger traffic to/from the U.S., up from 2.6% in first quarter of 2015. Over 828,000 passengers were inbound to the U.S. of which 436,000 were foreign national travelers.

Norwegian Air Services (DY) carried 343,000 passengers in Q1, 0.7 percent of all air traffic.

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

Mexicoair traffic accounted for 7.4 million passengers, 15 percent of all international traffic, and was up 12 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (5.1 million) increased 16 percent and composed 68 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (2.3 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by four percent, with market share at 32 percent.

U.S. flags carried 5.6 million passengers, up 11 percent from last year, and their share at 75 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.8 million passengers, up 13 percent increasing share to 25 percent.

Mexican Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

5.075

15.8%

68.4%

2.4

Non-U.S. Citizens

2.342

3.8%

31.6%

-2.4

 

U.S. Flag Carriers

5.593

11.4%

75.4%

-0.2

Foreign Flag Carriers

1.824

12.7%

24.6%

0.2

Canadianair traffic accounted for 7.1 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and decreased by one percent.

U.S. citizen travel (1.6 million) increased 17 percent and composed 23 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (5.4 million), decreased by five percent.

U.S. flags carried 2.5 million passengers, down seven percent from last year, and their share declined to 35 percent. Foreign flags carried 4.6 million passengers, up three percent.

Canadian Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

1.632

17.1%

23.1%

3.5

Non-U.S. Citizens

5.436

-5.1%

76.9%

-3.5

 

U.S. Flag Carriers

2.468

-6.7%

34.9%

-2.2

Foreign Flag Carriers

4.600

2.7%

65.1%

2.2

 

First Quarter 2016
Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
19.2 million Passengers, 38% of Total International Air Traffic
Passengers (mlns) % change 16/15
1. London Heathrow (LHR)
3.103
3.50%
2. Toronto (YYZ)
3.101
3.80%
3. Cancun (CUN)
2.45
10.90%
4. Tokyo Narita (NRT)
2.315
3.70%
5. Mexico City (MEX)
1.76
14.30%
6. Incheon (ICN)
1.511
8.50%
7. Frankfurt (FRA)
1.343
4.90%
8. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG)
1.303
5.20%
9. Vancouver (YVR)
1.299
1.20%
10. Montreal (YUL)
0.977
0.70%
 

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

34.1 million Passengers, 67% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers (mlns) % change 16/15
1. New York (JFK)
6.681
11.10%
2. Miami (MIA)
5.479
3.70%
3. Los Angeles (LAX)
5.064
10.50%
4. Atlanta (ATL)
2.73
5.50%
5. Houston (IAH)
2.691
8.60%
6. Newark (EWR)
2.683
1.20%
7. Chicago (ORD)
2.652
4.50%
8. San Francisco (SFO)Â
2.639
10.60%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW)
1.879
6.20%
10. Fort Lauderdale
1.572
3.70%
 

Top 10 Airlines (3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:

28.5 million Passengers, 56% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers (mlns) % change 16/15
1. United Airlines
7.065
0.70%
2. American Airlines
6.94
-1.40%
3. Delta Air Lines
5.678
4.20%
4. JetBlue
1.732
18.30%
5. British Airways
1.578
2.50%
6. West Jet
1.348
1.60%
7. Lufthansa
1.17
7.60%
8. Air Canada rouge
1.145
36.00%
9. Air Canada (mainline)
0.95
-18.80%
10. AeroMexico
0.864
-3.40%

Monthly % changes
See above graph

Later this month NTTO will publish the March U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel. (U.S. Citizen outbound is a component in the estimation of U.S. travel ‘imports’. For current 2016, February see:http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2016-O-001/index.html

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

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