US-International air passenger traffic up seven percent

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WASHINGTON, DC – International air traffic to/from the US totaled 32.3 million passengers for January and February 2016, a seven percent increase over the same two months in 2015.

US citizen travel (14.2 million) was up 12 percent, comprising 44 percent of all air traffic, and increased market share. Non-US citizen air travelers (18.1 million) increased by four percent.


U.S. airlines carried 16.1 million passengers, up four percent, but their share declined to 50 percent. Foreign flags carried 16.2 million passengers, up 11 percent from same period 2015.

International Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens 14.205 11.5% 44.0% 1.6
Non-U.S. Citizens 18.064 4.1% 56.0% -1.6

U.S. Flag Carriers (3) 16.079 4.2% 49.8% -1.5
Foreign Flag Carriers 16.191 10.5% 50.2% 1.5

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

Overseasair traffic accounted for 23.1 million passengers, 72 percent of all international, and grew by eight percent.

U.S. citizen travel (10.0 million) increased 10 percent and comprised 43 percent of overseas air traffic. Non-U.S. citizen air travelers (13.1 million) increased by seven percent.

U.S. airlines carried 11.0 million passengers, up four percent, their share dropping to 48 percent. Foreign flags carried 12.1 million passengers, up 12 percent from February 2015 YTD.

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens 9.990 9.6% 43.2% 0.6
Non-U.S. Citizens 13.125 7.1% 56.8% -0.6

U.S. Flag Carriers 10.974 3.8% 47.5% -2.0
Foreign Flag Carriers 12.140 12.4% 52.5% 2.0

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas Regions Passengers (mlns) % of all International % Change

2016/2015
Europe 6.860 21% 5.6%
Asia 5.290 16% 11.0%
Caribbean 3.612 11% 5.1%
South America 2.723 8% 7.6%
Central America 2.100 6% 11.1%
Middle East 1.538 5% 15.9%
Oceania 0.804 2% 7.5%
Africa 0.188 1% 5.9%

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

Non-U.S. Citizens
(Originating from PRC) U.S. Citizens
(Returning to U.S.) Total Inbound on Non-stop Flights Load Factor (Estimate)
Passengers 174,134 64,998 239,132 77.6%
% Chg. Feb.16/15 11.4% 35.0% 17.0% -7.0 pts

Estimated capacity (308,300 seats) on inbound flights from PRC was up 27.6 percent year-over-year. However, overall inbound passenger growth was 17.0 percent, less than seat capacity growth.

Chinese carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 101 to 144, up 43 percent.

U.S. carriers increased average weekly frequencies from 106 to 123, up 16 percent.

Gulf Carrier Air Traffic to/from the U.S. – February 2016 YTD
Passengers (mlns) % Chg. y-o-y

Emirates (EK) 0.540 29.40% (to/from Dubai (DXB); limited service from Milan (MXP)
Qatar (QR) 0.238 18.80% (to/from Doha (DOH))
Etihad (EY) 0.200 10.40% (to/from Abu Dhabi (AUH))
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The Gulf carrier passenger share was 3.0% of all international passenger traffic to/from the U.S., up from 2.7% in first two months of 2015. Almost 539,000 passengers were inbound to the U.S. of which 280,000 were foreign travelers.

North American markets accounted for 28 percent of U.S. international air traffic flows.

Canadian air traffic accounted for 4.46 million passengers, 14 percent of all international traffic, and declined by one percent.

U.S. citizen travel (1.028 million) increased 16 percent and composed 23 percent of air traffic. Canadian, and other foreign national citizen air travelers transiting through Canada (3.4 million), decreased by five percent. Market share declined to 77 percent.
U.S. flags carried 1.6 million passengers, down seven percent from 2015, and their share declined to 36 percent. Foreign flags carried 2.9 million passengers, up two percent.

Canadian Region Passengers (mlns) % Chg y-o-y Market Share % Pt. chg.

U.S. Citizens 1.028 15.8% 23.1% 3.4
Non-U.S. Citizens 3.430 -5.3% 76.9% -3.4

U.S. Flag Carriers 1.584 -6.9% 35.5% -2.3
Foreign Flag Carriers 2.873 2.4% 64.5% 2.3

Mexicoair traffic accounted for 4.7 million passengers, 15 percent of all international traffic, and was up 12 percent.

U.S. citizen travel (3.2 million) increased 16 percent and composed 68 percent of all air traffic. Mexicans, and other foreign national air travelers (1.5 million) transiting through Mexico, increased by three percent, market share slipped to 32 percent.

U.S. flags carried 3.5 million passengers, up 11 percent from 2015, and their share slipped to 75 percent. Foreign flags carried 1.2 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 3.187 16.1% 67.9% 2.7
Non-U.S. Citizens 1.510 3.1% 32.1% -2.7

U.S. Flag Carriers 3.519 11.2% 74.9% -0.3
Foreign Flag Carriers 1.177 12.7% 25.1% 0.3

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

12.1 million Passengers, 37% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers Percent Change YOY

1. Toronto (YYZ) 1,941,655 3.90%
2. London Heathrow (LHR) 1,923,311 2.90%
3. Cancun (CUN) 1,513,880 9.10%
4. Tokyo Narita (NRT) 1,488,026 4.60%
5. Mexico City (MEX) 1,140,022 26.60%
6. Incheon (ICN) 1,045,120 12.40%
7. Frankfurt (FRA) 839,498 3.40%
8. Vancouver (YVR) 826,522 1.30%
9. Paris/de Gaulle (CDG)Â 807,461 6.10%
10. Sao Paulo (SAO) 608,577 -0.50%

Top 10 U.S. Airports (Passenger Traffic to/From Foreign Airports):
21.9 million Passengers, 67% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers Percent Change YOY

1. New York (JFK) 4,241,487 11.50%
2. Miami (MIA) 3,627,016 3.40%
3. Los Angeles (LAX) 3,307,854 11.10%
4. Atlanta (ATL) 1,758,192 5.80%
5. Houston (IAH) 1,737,331 11.00%
6. San Francisco (SFO)Â 1,722,410 12.00%
7. Newark (EWR) 1,682,721 1.30%
8. Chicago (ORD) 1,655,307 5.00%
9. Dallas-Ft Worth (DFW) 1,191,307 5.00%
10. Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) 1,004,278 3.30%

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

18.0 million Passengers, 56% of Total Air Traffic
Passengers Percent Change YOY

1. United Airlines 4,466,215 2.00%
2. American Airlines* 4,398,306 -3.10%
3. Delta Air Lines 3,612,152 4.30%
4. JetBlue 1,122,293 18.30%
5. British Airways 992,187 2.80%
6. WestJet 869,958 1.80%
7. Lufthansa 726,467 6.40%
8. Air Canada rouge 701,497 37.30%
9. Air Canada (mainline)Â 590,002 -19.10%
10. AeroMexico 566,369 -2.20%

*American Airlines included US Airways traffic in 2015. Carriers merged in October 2015.