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International air traffic to and from the U.S. in 2014 totaled 197.3 million passengers, a new record and a 7% overall increase from 2013, according to statistics released this week by the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office.

Of this number, U.S. citizens accounted for roughly 86.4 million passengers, a 7% increase from 2013. Non-U.S. citizen air traffic clocked in at 110.4 million passengers, which represents a 6% year-over-year increase.

U.S. airlines carried 102.1 million of these passengers to and from U.S. airports, while their total share of U.S. international air traffic was down from 2013. Foreign airlines carried 95.2 million of these passengers, a 10% increase from 2013.

Top 10 Airlines Serving U.S. International Markets

RankAirlinePassengers% Change From 2013
1United Airlines30.5 million3.20%
2Delta Air Lines23.0 million6.90%
3American Airlines22.2 million-0.40%
4US Airways8.1 million-0.20%
5British Airways7.1 million4.00%
6JetBlue Airways5.7 million23.20%
7Lufthansa5.5 million2.20%
8Air Canada4.288 million-28.20%
9West Jet4.281 million9.60%
10Air France3.4 million0.70%

Source: U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office

Of the 146.5 million passengers traveling overseas (excluding trips to Canada and Mexico) whose trips originated at U.S. airports, 64.5 million of them were U.S. citizens, an increase of 6% over 2013.

Last year only four of the top ten foreign airports for most passenger traffic to and from the U.S. were located in Europe. London’s Heathrow Airport was number one, carrying 14.5 million passengers while only seeing a 1.1% increase from 2013. Cancun International Airport saw the largest year-over-year increase (14.5%) and carried 7.07 million passengers.

Top 10 Foreign Airports With Most Passenger Traffic To/From U.S.

RankAirportNumber of Passengers% Change from 2013
1London Heathrow14.5 million1.10%
2Toronto Pearson11.6 million7.30%
3Tokyo Narita9.4 million-1.90%
4Cancun7.07 million14.50%
5Frankfurt6.6 million-0.30%
6Paris de Gaulle6.6 million3.70%
7Mexico City6.3 million7%
8Seoul Incheon5.2 million5.00%
9Vancouver4.8 million9.60%
10Amsterdam Schiphol4.6 million2.10%

Source: U.S National Travel and Tourism Office

America’s next door neighbors brought the most passenger traffic to and from U.S. airports, with Canada accounting for the most, 27.5 million passengers (28% were U.S. citizens), which represents a 7% increase year-over-year. Mexico accounted for 23.2 million passengers (62% were U.S. citizens) which represents a 10.1% increase year-over-year. China saw the largest year-over-year increase (16.6%), accounting for 5.1 million travelers.

Top 10 Countries for Passenger Traffic To/From U.S.

RankCountryPassengers% Change from 2013% U.S. Citizen
1Canada27.5 million7.00%28%
2Mexico23.2 million10.10%62%
3United Kingdom17.8 million2.00%37%
4Japan12.07 million-2.60%24%
5Germany10.5 million0.60%44%
6France6.7 million3.50%47%
7Dominican Republic6.2 million13.80%73%
8South Korea5.3 million4.90%32%
9Brazil5.17 million7.40%18%
10China5.13 million16.60%31%

Source: U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office

New York’s JFK International Airport remained the largest international gateway to and from the U.S. in 2014, carrying 28.4 million passengers and representing a 6.7% increase year-over-year. Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport saw the largest year-over-year increase (10%).

Top 10 U.S. Airports for Passenger Traffic To/From U.S.

RankAirportPassengers% Change From 2013
1New York JFK28.4 million6.70%
2Miami International Airport20.3 million1.20%
3Los Angeles International Airport19.3 million9.10%
4Newark Liberty12.06 million4.10%
5Chicago O’Hare12.05 million7.80%
6Hartsfield-Jackson (Atlanta)10.8 million6.20%
7San Francisco International Airport10.3 million6.50%
8Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport9.9 million10.00%
9Dallas-Ft. Worth7.25 million8.50%
10Washington Dulles7.20 million4.00%

Source: U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office

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