United Airlines passes 17 million domestic passengers at New York Newark; international traffic grows 83% since the Millennium

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Cutting the ribbon in Flint, heralding the start of United Airlines’ daily service to New York Newark, which launched on 1 July, are: Tim Herman, CEO, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce; Craig Williams, Airport Director; Win Cooper, Bishop International Airport Authority Chairperson; Cheryl Cannon (with scissors), United Airlines Sales Manager; Mark Young, Genesee County Commissioner; Steve Branch, Mayor of Flint’s Chief of Staff; Jamie Curtis, Genesee County Commissioner Chair; and L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive. United’s domestic traffic surpassed 17 million passengers in 2015, however it is still behind the levels of domestic passengers flown in 2005 and 2006 when both United’s and Continental Airlines’ passenger counts are combined.

New York Newark is United Airlines’ third largest hub this summer, with it occupying 9.2% of the Star Alliance member’s monthly seat capacity. The New York airport sits just behind Chicago O’Hare (12.3% of monthly seats) and Houston Intercontinental (9.6%) in first and second place respectively, but it lies ahead of Denver (8.2%) and San Francisco (8.1%). Overall the carrier has grown its monthly seat capacity from Newark this summer by just over 10%. Before it completed its merger with Continental Airlines in 2011, United itself carried 1.43 million annual passengers from Newark, around 4.2% of the airport’s overall passenger traffic. Last year the post-merged airline occupied 68% of traffic from the New York Airport.

Nearly 369 million passengers carried since 2000

Since 2000, when combining both Continental’s and United’s traffic, the carriers flew 368,683,408 passengers from Newark based on data published by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The post-merged airline (2011) has carried 122,400,984 passengers from Newark, of which 83,780,220 (68%) have been domestic passengers and 38,620,764 (32%) international.

Chart:  United Airlines at New York Newark Annual passengers (domestic/internatinal split)   Year-on-year growth

Source: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

International traffic grows 83% since turn of Millennium

In 2000 Continental and United combined carried just over 4.21 million international passengers from Newark, while last year United flew 7.73 million. This represents during the 16-year period a growth in international traffic of a little over 83%. However, international traffic in 2015 was down 1.2% when compared to what the airline flew in 2014, a year in which it welcomed 7.82 million international passengers, the largest recorded in recent history.

Domestic traffic up 9.3% in 12 months; still behind 2007 levels

Last year United carried 17.9 million domestic passengers from Newark, a rise in traffic of 9.3% when compared to 2014. However, although this is a record for the new United, a pre-merged operation of Continental and United welcomed over 18 million passengers in both 2006 and 2007. Overall since 2000, domestic passengers have accounted for 72% of the carrier’s overall traffic.

Top 12 routes account for 37% of United capacity

Looking at the 152 routes United operates from Newark in S16, the top 12 make up just over 37% of the airline’s overall monthly seat capacity. The number one route for the Star Alliance member from its New York hub is San Francisco, with it occupying 6.0% of the carrier’s monthly seats this summer.

Chart: United Airlines' top 12 routes from New York Newark Monthly one-way seat capacity in S16 [Seat capacity change S16 v S15]

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data September 2016.

The only route in the top 12 that is not a US destination is London Heathrow (highlighted in light green). It occupies 2.3% of the airline’s monthly seat capacity from Newark this summer. Capacity between Newark and Heathrow has grown by 5.1% during the past 12 months. The only route in the top 12 to not be reporting growth in capacity is the link to Houston Intercontinental, a route which has witnessed a 9.0% drop in monthly seats this summer. New to the top 12 this summer is Cleveland, with it having knocked out Tampa (15th largest route this summer), a route which has seen capacity cut by 5.2%. Outside of the top 12 the average growth in monthly seat capacity on each route is a little over 10%.

10 routes added during the past year

When referring to OAG schedules the following routes have been launched by United from Newark during the past year: Akron/Canton, Athens, Bangor, Chattanooga, Flint, Fort Wayne, Lexington, Myrtle Beach, Nashville and Port of Spain. As well as these gains, the Star Alliance member has ended flights to St. John’s and Bloomington.

United Airlines passes 17 million domestic passengers at New York Newark

Launched on 25 October last year, Akron/Canton is one of 10 new destinations from New York Newark for United this summer. The airline has also ended two routes to St. John’s and Bloomington according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.


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