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U.S.-International Air Passenger Traffic a Record 209.1 Million in 2015

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International air traffic to/from the U.S. (1) totaled 209.1 million passengers in 2015, a six percent increase over 2014.

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U.S. citizen travel (93.4 million) was up eight percent and comprised 45 percent of all air traffic, increasing market share. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (115.7 million) increased by four percent with their market share at 55 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 104.6 million passengers, up two percent, with their share at 50 percent, down from 2014. Foreign flags carried 104.5 million passengers, up 10 percent from 2014.

International

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg Y-o-Y

Market Share

% Pt. Chg.

U.S. Citizens

93.437

8.1%

44.7%

0.9

Non-U.S. Citizens

115.674

4.3%

55.3%

-0.9

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

104.601

2.4%

50.0%

-1.7

Foreign Flag Carriers

104.510

9.7%

50.0%

1.7

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

Overseas air traffic accounted for 154.7 million passengers, 74 percent of all international, and grew by six percent in 2015.

U.S. citizen travel (68.6 million) was up six percent composing 44 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travel (86.0 million) was up by five percent with their market share almost 56 percent.

U.S. airlines carried 73.9 million passengers, up two percent, their share at 48 percent. Foreign flags carried 80.8 million passengers, up nine percent from 2014.

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg Y-o-Y

Market Share

% Pt. Chg.

U.S. Citizens

68.625

6.4%

44.4%

0.4

Non-U.S. Citizens

86.036

4.9%

55.6%

-0.4

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

73.877

2.2%

47.8%

-1.5

Foreign Flag Carriers

80.783

8.8%

52.2%

1.5

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions

Passengers (mlns)

% of all International

% Change
2015/2014

Europe

59.397

28%

4.0%

Asia

31.415

15%

6.6%

Caribbean

22.103

11%

5.9%

South America

15.466

7%

3.5%

Central America

10.853

5%

4.2%

Middle East

9.471

5%

18.0%

Oceania

4.656

2%

5.4%

Africa

1.327

1%

-3.2%

 

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

Non-U.S. Citizens
(Originating PRC)
U.S. Citizens
(Returning)
Total Inbound on Non-stop Flights Load Factor (Estimate)
Passengers

160,815

91,789

252,604

75.5%

% Chg. Dec.15/14

20.4%

30.6%

23.9%

1.8 % pts

Estimated capacity (334,783 seats) on inbound flights was up 21 percent year-over-year in December, less than 23.9 percent passenger growth.Â

Chinese carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 106 to 143, up 35 percent.
U.S. carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 110 to 123, up 12 percent.

 

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

Non-U.S. Citizens
(Originating PRC)
U.S. Citizens
(Returning)
Total Inbound on Non-stop Flights Load Factor (Estimate)
Passengers

2,167,436

982,422

3,149,858

81.8%

% Chg. 2015/14

25.2%

15.1%

21.8%

-0.4% pts

Estimated capacity (3,850,133 seats) on inbound flights, up 22.3 percent, 2015/2014, slightly more than the 21.8 percent growth in passenger traffic.Â

 

Gulf Carrier Air Traffic to/from the U.S. – 2015

Passengers (mlns) % Chg. y-o-y

Emirates (EK) 3.077 up 33.1% (to/from Dubai (DXB); limited service from Milan (MXP)
Qatar (QR) 1.272 up 20.3% (to/from Doha (DOH))
Etihad (EY) 1.172 up 39.2% (to/from Abu Dhabi (AUH))
5.521

 

The Gulf carrier passenger share was 2.6% of all international passenger traffic to/from the U.S., up from 2.1% during 2014. Over 2.8 million passengers were inbound to the U.S. of which 1.7 million were foreign travelers.

 

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

Canadian air traffic accounted for 28.2 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and increased by three percent.

U.S. citizen travel (8.2 million) increased nine percent and composed 29 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (20.0 million), remained flat. Market share declined to 71 percent.

U.S. flags carried 11.7 million passengers, down five percent from 2014, with their share at almost 42 percent. Foreign flags carried 16.5 million passengers, up nine percent, increasing market share.

Canadian Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg Y-o-Y

Market Share

% Pt. Chg.

U.S. Citizens

8.222

8.9%

29.1%

1.7

Non-U.S. Citizens

19.999

0.1%

70.9%

-1.7

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

11.698

-5.0%

41.5%

-3.2

Foreign Flag Carriers

16.523

8.6%

58.5%

3.2

Mexico air traffic accounted for 26.2 million passengers, 13 percent of all international traffic, and was up almost13 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (16.6 million) increased 16 percent and comprised 63 percent of air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (9.6 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by eight percent, with market share 37 percent.

U.S. flags carried 19.0 million passengers, up nine percent from 2014, however their share slipped to 73 percent. Foreign flags carried 7.2 million passengers, up 24 percent increasing share to almost 28 percent.

Mexican Region

Passengers (mlns)

% Chg Y-o-Y

Market Share

% Pt. Chg.

U.S. Citizens

16.590

15.6%

63.2%

1.6

Non-U.S. Citizens

9.640

7.9%

36.8%

-1.6

U.S. Flag Carriers (3)

19.026

8.8%

72.5%

-2.6

Foreign Flag Carriers

7.204

24.1%

27.5%

2.6

Annual 2015

Top 10 Foreign Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From U.S.):
81.7 million Passengers, 39% of Total International Air Traffic

 

Passengers (mlns) % Chg Y-o-Y
1. London Heathrow (LHR) 14.806 2.0%
2. Toronto (YYZ) 12.371 6.0%
3. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 9.289 -1.3%
4. Cancun (CUN) 8.253 16.7%
5. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG) 7.028 6.1%
6. Mexico City (MEX) 7.012 10.3%
7. Frankfurt (FRA) 6.818 2.1%
8. Incheon (ICN) 6.005 13.6%
9. Vancouver (YVR) 5.26 8.1%
10. Amsterdam (AMS) 4.893 4.2%

 

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

Passengers (mlns) % Chg Y-o-Y
1. New York (JFK) 30.438 7.00%
2. Miami (MIA) 21.3 4.60%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 20.866 7.80%
4. Chicago (ORD) 12.112 0.50%
5. Newark (EWR) 11.97 -0.80%
6. San Francisco (SFO) 11.264 9.00%
7. Atlanta (ATL) 11.196 3.00%
8. Houston (IAH)Â 10.705 7.80%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 7.89 8.80%
10. Washington Dulles (IAD) 7.224 0.20%

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Top 10 Airlines (3) Serving U.S. International Non-Stop Markets:
116.3 million Passengers, 56% of Total Air Traffic

Passengers (mlns) % Chg Y-o-Y
1. United Airlines 30.504 -0.10%
2. Delta Air Lines 24.118 4.50%
3. American Airlines* 24.049 8.20%
4. British Airways 7.228 0.50%
5. JetBlue Airways 6.432 11.60%
6. US Airways* 6.197 n/a
7. Lufthansa 5.693 3.20%
8. WestJet 4.326 1.10%
9. Air Canada (mainline) 4.049 -5.60%
10. Air France 3.717 7.50%

*American Airlines and US Airways merged in October 2015

Monthly % changes (see graph):

Before the end of February 2016 NTTO will publish the Annual 2015 U.S. Citizen Outbound, all mode travel, after 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 November 2015 YTDhttp://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2015-O-001/index.html  Â

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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