US International Air Travel Increases Above Pre-pandemic Levels



The US international air travel has increased significantly, exceeding pre-pandemic levels. December 2023 was an important time in the industry’s development, with an outstanding 102.5% increase in tourists over December 2019.

In December 2023, 21.6 million passengers traveled internationally. This not only indicates a 15.4% increase over December 2022 but also exceeds pre-pandemic levels.

Post-Pandemic Travel Recovery

In the last month of the year, 5.2 million non-US citizens arrived in the United States. This 19% year-over-year gain indicates a strong recovery, while it remains 7.6% below pre-pandemic levels. 

Over six million Americans traveled internationally in December, increasing 12.6% from the previous year and 16.6% above pre-pandemic levels. The most popular international destinations were  Canada, the UK, Mexico, Germany, and the Dominican Republic.

Air Travel Trends

Europe remains a popular destination, with U.S. departures up 7.4 percent since December 2019, despite overall Europe-U.S. travel falling slightly behind pre-pandemic levels. Air travel between the USA and South America, Central America, and the Caribbean increased by 19% year on year. Asia, which opened for tourism later than other regions, is still catching up. The US-Asia air travel sector increased by 38.5 percent from 2022 but is still 29.8 percent below pre-pandemic levels.

JFK, San Francisco, LAX, Miami, and Newark airports have emerged as the busiest international travel hubs. In terms of destinations, airports such as Mexico City, London Heathrow, Toronto, Cancun, and Paris (CDG) top the list for flights to USA.

Also Read: International Travel to the US Hits 86% Of Pre-pandemic Levels in August

In this fast-paced air travel setting, Indian Eagle flights emerged as an ideal option for tourists looking for both quality and affordability on their international trips. Plan your trip smartly to enjoy a memorable and budget-friendly vacation.

The increase in US international air travel provides a positive view of the coming years. With ongoing developments and a focus on passenger experience, the industry’s growth is unlimited.

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