Ninety-six million travelers flew to and from the United States in the six five months of 2014, a seven percent increase over the same period last year, according to data released today by the National Travel and Tourism Office.

International air traffic also picked up in comparison to April and May as the northern hemisphere began summer holidays.

Every month, the OTTI releases data regarding recent travel activity, including details about international air passenger traffic to and from the United States. This is the most recent month for which this information is available.

For statistics on international air traffic in May 2014, see here.

Non-U.S. citizens make up a larger percentage of passenger traffic in and out of the United States; such passengers increased seven percent year-over-year to 53 million travelers.

The number of U.S. citizens flying abroad increased 8 percent to 43 million.

U.S. carriers account for slightly more market share, 53 percent, than foreign carriers, 45 percent; however, passenger growth on foreign carriers (+9 percent) exceeded growth seen on U.S. airlines (+5 percent).

The largest markets for air traffic to and from the U.S. are Europe and Asia, which combined account for 42 percent of all international traffic.

The markets that experienced the largest growth in the first fourth months of 2014 versus 2013 are the Middle East and Central America for the second month in a row.

Overseas regions performed as follows:

Overseas RegionsPassengers (mlns)% of all International% Change 2014 / 2013
South America7.48%5.1%
Central America5.46%11.7%
Middle East3.84%15.9%

Almost a third, or 27 percent, of international traffic is between the U.S. and Mexico or Canada.

Mexico air traffic increased more significantly, up 13 percent in comparison to the previous year, while air traffic between the U.S. and Canada only grew by 7 percent. Canada captures a slightly larger share of the North American market at 14 percent.

Air traffic between the U.S. and Canada performed as follows:

Canadian RegionPassengers (mlns)% Chg Y-o-YMarket Share
U.S. Citizen3.39%24%
Non-U.S. Citizens10.46%76%

Air traffic between the U.S. and Mexico performed as follows:

Mexican RegionPassengers (mlns)% Chg Y-o-YMarket Share
U.S. Citizen7.914%65.2%
Non-U.S. Citizens4.210%34.8%
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