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A total 30.1 million travelers flew in and out of the United States in the first two months of2015, a 6 percent increase over the same period last year, according to data released by the National Travel and Tourism Office.

Every month, the Office of Travel & Tourism Industries 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 for full-year 2015, see here. For statistics for January 2015, see here.

U.S. citizens accounts for 12.7 million passengers, 42 percent of all U.S. air traffic, and an increase of 7 percent over last year. Non-U.S. citizen traffic accounted for 17.3 million passengers, 58 percent of all air traffic, and a 5 percent increase over last year.
Almost identical to previous months, U.S. airlines account for slightly more market share, 51 percent, than foreign carriers, 49 percent.

The largest markets for air traffic to and from the U.S. are Europe and Asia, which combined accounted for 38 percent of all international traffic.

The markets that experienced the greatest growth in February 2015 versus February 2014 were the Middle East (+21.5%) and the Caribbean (+11%).

The following chart outlines the performance of overseas regions:

Overseas Region Passenger (Millions) % of International % Change 2015/2014
Europe 6.5 22% 1.90%
Asia 4.8 16% 4%
Caribbean 3.4 11% 11%
South America 2.5 8% 0.40%
Central America 1.9 6% 3.80%
Middle East 1.3 4% 21.50%
Oceania 0.7 2% 6.40%
Africa 0.2 1% -3%

A little less than a third, or 29 percent, of all international traffic is between the U.S. and Mexico or Canada.

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

Canada Region Passengers (Millions) % Change (Y-O-Y) Market Share
U.S. Citizens 0.9 12.6% 19.7%
Non-U.S. Citizens 3.6 4.5% 80.3%
U.S. Flag Carriers 1.7 -1.1% 37.8%
Foreign Flag Carriers 2.8 10.8% 62.2%

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

Mexican Region Passengers (Millions) % Change (Y-O-Y) Market Share
U.S. Citizens 2.7 9.7% 65.2%
Non-U.S. Citizens 1.5 6.6% 34.8%
U.S. Flag Carriers 3.2 5.6% 75.2%
Foreign Flag Carriers 1 19% 24.8%
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