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October 2016 YTD U.S. – International Air Passenger Traffic up Six Percent

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International air traffic to/from the U.S. (1)totaled 186.0 million passengers through October 2016, a six percent increase over the October 2015 year-to-date period.

U.S. citizen travel (86.0 million) was up eight percent and composed 46 percent of all air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (100.0 million) increased by four percent with their market share at 54 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 90.5 million passengers, up three percent, with their share below 49 percent. Foreign flags carried 95.7 million passengers, up nine percent from same period 2015.

International

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

85.954

8.3%

46.2%

1.1

Non-U.S. Citizens

100.233

3.8%

53.8%

-1.1

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

90.451

2.5%

48.6%

-1.6

Foreign Flag Carriers

95.736

9.1%

51.4%

1.6

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 138.3 million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by six percent.

U.S. citizen travel (62.3 million) was up seven percent composing 45 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (75.9 million) were up by five percent with their market share at 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 64.2 million passengers, up three percent, their share at 46 percent. Foreign flags carried 74.1 million passengers, up nine percent from October 2015 YTD.

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

62.344

6.7%

45.1%

0.3

Non-U.S. Citizens

75.925

5.3%

54.9%

-0.3

 

U.S. Flag Carriers(3)

64.191

2.6%

46.4%

-1.5

Foreign Flag Carriers

74.078

9.0%

53.6%

1.5

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% of all International

% Change
2016/2015 YTD

Europe

53.818

29%

5.1%

Asia

28.457

15%

8.4%

Caribbean*

19.294

10%

3.7%

South America

13.022

7%

2.1%

Central America

9.652

5%

9.0%

Middle East**

8.795

5%

12.1%

Oceania

4.129

2%

6.9%

Africa

1.102

1%

-0.8%

*Cuba traffic doubled in October
**Middle East up only 0.8% in October

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

  Non-U.S. Citizens
(Originating PRC)
U.S. Citizens
(Returning)
Total Inbound on Non-stop Flights Load Factor (Est.)
Passengers 199,920 104,804 304,724 73.0%
% Chg. Oct YOY 30.7% 17.8% 26.0% +4.4 pct. Pts

Estimated capacity (417,604 seats) on non-stop flights from PRC was up 18.3 percent in October, outpaced by total inbound non-stop market passenger growth of 26.0 percent.

Chinese carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 151 to 190, up 26 percent.
U.S. carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 131 to 137, up five percent

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

Canadian air traffic accounted for 24.6 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and increased by three percent.

U.S. citizen travel (8.2 million) increased 14 percent and composed 33 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (16.4 million), decreased by almost two percent. Market share was 67 percent.

U.S. flags carried 9.4 million passengers, down six percent from last year, with their share at 38 percent. Foreign flags carried 15.1 million passengers, up 10 percent.

Canadian Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg y-o-y

Market Share

% Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens

8.160

14.1%

33.2%

3.2

Non-U.S. Citizens

16.406

-1.6%

66.8%

-3.2

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

9.430

-5.8%

38.4%

-3.6

Foreign Flag Carriers

15.136

9.6%

61.6%

3.6


Mexico
air traffic accounted for 23.4 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up eight percent.

U.S. citizen travel (15.5 million) increased 12 percent and composed 66 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (7.9 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by less than one percent, with market share 34 percent.

U.S. flags carried 16.8 million passengers, up seven percent from last year, but their share slipped to 72 percent. Foreign flags carried 6.5 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

15.450

12.2%

66.2%

2.5

Non-U.S. Citizens

7.901

0.6%

33.8%

-2.5

 

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

16.829

7.4%

72.1%

-0.4

Foreign Flag Carriers

6.522

9.7%

27.9%

0.4

October 2016 Year-to-Date

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
71.9 million Passengers, 38% of Total International Air Traffic
Passengers (mlns)
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 12.521
2. Toronto (YYZ) 11.21
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 8.125
4. Cancun (CUN) 7.483
5. Mexico City (MEX) 6.153
6. Paris (CDG) 6.094
7. Frankfurt (FRA) 5.922
8. Incheon (ICN) 5.317
9. Vancouver (YVR) 4.787
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 4.291
Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
128.2 million Passengers, 68% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers (mlns)
1. New York (JFK) 27,275
2. Los Angeles (LAX) 19.319
3. Miami (MIA) 17.845
4. Chicago (ORD) 10.641
5. San Francisco (SFO) 10.519
6. Newark (EWR) 10.373
7. Atlanta (ATL) 9.792
8. Houston (IAH) 9.192
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 6.898
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 6.315
Top 10 Airlines (3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
102.6 million Passengers, 55% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers (mlns)
1. United Airlines (UA) 25.68
2. American Airlines (AA) 24.606
3. Delta Air Lines (DL) 21.204
4. British Airways (BA) 6.265
5. JetBlue Airways (B6) 5.999
6. Lufthansa (LH) 5.069
7. Air Canada (AC) (mainline) 3.812
8. WestJet (WS) 3.607
9. Virgin Atlantic (VS) 3.184
10. Air France (AF) 3.13

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/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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