International non-stop air traffic to/from the U.S.(1) totaled 176.0 million passengers through October 2015, a six percent increase over the October 2014 year-to-date period.
U.S. citizen travel (79.4 million) was up eight percent and composed 45 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (96.6 million) increased by four percent with their market share at 55 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 88.3 million passengers, up two percent, with their share slightly above 50 percent. Foreign flags carried 87.7 million passengers, up 10 percent from same period 2014.
|International||Passengers (mlns)||% Chg y-o-y||Market Share||% Pt. chg.|
|U.S. Flag Carriers (3)||88.251||2.2%||50.2%||-1.7|
|Foreign Flag Carriers||87.721||9.6%||49.8%||1.7|
The following, overseas, Canada and Mexico regions are ‘breakouts’ of international:
Overseas air traffic accounted for 130.5 million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by five percent.
U.S. citizen travel (58.5 million) was up six percent composing 45 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (72.1 million) were up by five percent with their market share at 55 percent.
U.S. airlines carried 62.6 million passengers, up two percent, their share at 48 percent. Foreign flags carried 68.0 million passengers, up eight percent from October 2014 YTD.
|Overseas Regions||Passengers (mlns)||% Chg y-o-y||Market Share||% Pt. chg.|
|U.S. Flag Carriers||62.572||2.0%||47.9%||-1.6|
|Foreign Flag Carriers||67.959||8.4%||52.1%||1.6|
Overseas regions performed as follows:
|Overseas Regions||Passengers (mlns)||% of all
2015 / 2014 YTD
China to U.S. ‘Air Arrivals’ (2) for October 2015:
(Originating from PRC)
(Returning to U.S.)
|Total Inbound Passengers on
|% Chg. Oct YOY||21.3%||21.5%||21.4%||-2.3 pct. pts|
Estimated capacity (352,879 seats) on non-stop flights from PRC was up 25.5 percent in October, exceeding total inbound non-stop market passenger growth of 21.4 percent.
Chinese carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 107 to 151, up 41 percent.
U.S. carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 114 to 131, up 15 percent
Gulf Carrier Air Traffic to/from the U.S. – October 2015 YTD
|Passengers (mlns)||% Chg. y-o-y|
|Emirates (EK)||2.521||33.4% (to/from Dubai (DXB); limited service from Milan (MXP)|
|Qatar (QR)||1.051||34.6% (to/from Doha (DOH))|
|Etihad (EY)||0.971||43.4% (to/from Abu Dhabi (AUH))|
The Gulf carrier passenger share was 2.6% of all international passenger traffic to/from the U.S., up from 2.1% during October 2014YTD. Over 2.4 million passengers were inbound to the U.S. of which 1.4 million were foreign travelers.
North American markets accounted for 26 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.
Canadian air traffic accounted for 23.8 million passengers, almost 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by three percent.
U.S. citizen travel (7.1 million) increased nine percent and comprised 30 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (16.7 million), increased by almost one percent. Market share was 70 percent.
U.S. flags carried 10.0 million passengers, down four percent from last year, with their share at 42 percent. Foreign flags carried 13.8 million passengers, up nine percent.
|Canadian Region||Passengers (mlns)||% Chg y-o-y||Market Share||% Pt. chg.|
|U.S. Flag Carriers||10.007||-4.4%||42.0%||-3.3|
|Foreign Flag Carriers||13.816||9.1%||58.0%||3.3|
Mexico air traffic accounted for 21.6 million passengers, 12 percent of all international traffic, and was up 12 percent.
U.S. citizen travel (13.8 million) increased 15 percent and composed 64 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (7.9 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by eight percent, with market share 36 percent.
U.S. flags carried 15.7 million passengers, up eight percent from last year, but their share slipped to 73 percent. Foreign flags carried 5.9 million passengers, up 26 percent increasing share to 28 percent.
|Mexican Region||Passengers (mlns)||% Chg y-o-y||Market Share||% Pt. chg.|
|U.S. Flag Carriers||15.671||7.7%||72.5%||-3.0|
|Foreign Flag Carriers||5.946||26.1%||27.5%||3.0|
October 2015 Year-to-Date
Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
69.0 million Passengers, 39% of Total International Air Traffic
Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
122.0 million Passengers, 69% of Total Air Traffic
Top 10 Airlines (3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
98.7 million Passengers, 56% of Total Air Traffic
American Airlines and US Airways operated as AA on10/17/15
Later this month NTTO will publish the October 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 2015, September: http://travel.trade.gov/view/
A description of the “APIS” program: http://travel.trade.gov/