Travel and Tourism

May 2022 International Air Passenger Travel

  • Air Traffic Passenger Enplanements Up 129%
  • Air Passenger Travel Between the U.S. and Europe up 783%


Data recently released by the National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) show that in May 2022:

U.S.-International air traffic passenger enplanements (APIS/ “I-92” arrivals + departures) totaled 16.764 million in May 2022, up 129% compared to May 2021, however, enplanements reached 76% of pre-pandemic May 2019 volume.

Originating Non-Stop Air Travel in May 2022

  • Non-U.S. Citizen Air Passenger Arrivals to the United States from foreign countries, totaled 3.586 million, +132% compared to May 2021 and (-34.6%) compared to May 2019.

On a related note, overseas ‘visitor’ arrivals (ADIS/ “I-94”) totaled 2.022 million, the seventh consecutive month overseas visitor arrivals totaled more than 1.0 million and the second month exceeding 2.0 million since February 2020. (See May I-94 Advance Release)

  • U.S. Citizen Air Passenger Departures from the United States to foreign countries totaled 4.864 million, +124% compared to May 2021 and (-13.0%) compared to May 2019.

World Region Highlights 

  • Top countries were Mexico 3.00 million, Canada 1.82 million, the United Kingdom 1.42 million, Germany 820k and the Dominican Republic 781k.
  • International Regional Air Travel to/from the United States:
    • Europe totaled 5.291 million passengers, up 783% over May 2021, but down (-25.5%) compared to May 2019
    • South/Central America/Caribbean totaled 4.351 million, up 43% over May 2021, but down only (-9.2%) compared to May 2019
    • Asia totaled 876k passengers, up 256% over May 21, but still down (-73.3%) compared to May 2019
  • Top U.S. Ports serving international locations were New York (JFK) 2.33 million, Miami (MIA) 1.77 million, Los Angeles (LAX) 1.39 million, Newark (EWR) 1.36 million and Chicago (ORD) 1.03 million.
  • Top Foreign Ports serving U.S. locations were London Heathrow (LHR) 1.24 million, displacing Cancun (CUN) 1.03 million, Toronto (YYZ) 823k, Mexico City (MEX) 630k and Paris (CDG) 625k.

Interested in an interactive data visualization of these statistics? Please visit our APIS/I-92 International Air Passenger Monitor for a more comprehensive and customizable experience.

I-92/APIS International Air Passengers

The APIS/I-92 Program provides information on non-stop international air traffic between the United States and other countries. The data has been collected from the Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection’s Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) since July 2010. The APIS based “I-92” system provides air traffic data on the following parameters: number of passengers, by country, airport, scheduled or chartered, U.S. Flag, foreign flag, citizens and non-citizens. Visit the APIS/I-92 Data Program home page for more information on airline travel to and from the United States.

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