One passenger jet comes in for a landing and in view of a line of planes waiting to takeoff, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Wash. Boeing Co., Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle announced Wednesday that they are partnering on a $250,000 study to explore how to bring more aviation biofuel to airplanes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Executives for the companies and port signed an agreement, saying the study will help stimulate production of alternatives to conventional jet fuel. They say the longer term plan is to incorporate more biofuel into the airport’s fuel farm, which is used by all 26 airlines.

The US is seeing fewer international travelers, and not just because of Trump

2.4%

The number of visitors to the US dropped 2.4%, from 77.4 million in 2015 to 75.6 million in 2016. That is the first drop in seven years.

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One passenger jet comes in for a landing and in view of a line of planes waiting to takeoff, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Wash. Boeing Co., Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle announced Wednesday that they are partnering on a $250,000 study to explore how to bring more aviation biofuel to airplanes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Executives for the companies and port signed an agreement, saying the study will help stimulate production of alternatives to conventional jet fuel. They say the longer term plan is to incorporate more biofuel into the airport’s fuel farm, which is used by all 26 airlines.
2.4%

International visitors to the US, prior 12 months

One passenger jet comes in for a landing and in view of a line of planes waiting to takeoff, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Wash. Boeing Co., Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle announced Wednesday that they are partnering on a $250,000 study to explore how to bring more aviation biofuel to airplanes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Executives for the companies and port signed an agreement, saying the study will help stimulate production of alternatives to conventional jet fuel. They say the longer term plan is to incorporate more biofuel into the airport’s fuel farm, which is used by all 26 airlines.
2.4%

Many travelers are avoiding the country in reaction to the election of Donald Trump. But one of the main drivers of that drop in visitors actually started much earlier.

One passenger jet comes in for a landing and in view of a line of planes waiting to takeoff, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Wash. Boeing Co., Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle announced Wednesday that they are partnering on a $250,000 study to explore how to bring more aviation biofuel to airplanes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Executives for the companies and port signed an agreement, saying the study will help stimulate production of alternatives to conventional jet fuel. They say the longer term plan is to incorporate more biofuel into the airport’s fuel farm, which is used by all 26 airlines.
2.4%

After increasing for years, there was a drop in the number of visitors coming from Canada since between 2013 and 2014.

One passenger jet comes in for a landing and in view of a line of planes waiting to takeoff, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Wash. Boeing Co., Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle announced Wednesday that they are partnering on a $250,000 study to explore how to bring more aviation biofuel to airplanes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Executives for the companies and port signed an agreement, saying the study will help stimulate production of alternatives to conventional jet fuel. They say the longer term plan is to incorporate more biofuel into the airport’s fuel farm, which is used by all 26 airlines.
2.4%

International visitors to the US, prior 12 months

One passenger jet comes in for a landing and in view of a line of planes waiting to takeoff, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Wash. Boeing Co., Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle announced Wednesday that they are partnering on a $250,000 study to explore how to bring more aviation biofuel to airplanes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Executives for the companies and port signed an agreement, saying the study will help stimulate production of alternatives to conventional jet fuel. They say the longer term plan is to incorporate more biofuel into the airport’s fuel farm, which is used by all 26 airlines.
2.4%

That change roughly coincides with a strengthening of the American dollar and a weakening of the Canadian dollar.

One passenger jet comes in for a landing and in view of a line of planes waiting to takeoff, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Wash. Boeing Co., Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle announced Wednesday that they are partnering on a $250,000 study to explore how to bring more aviation biofuel to airplanes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Executives for the companies and port signed an agreement, saying the study will help stimulate production of alternatives to conventional jet fuel. They say the longer term plan is to incorporate more biofuel into the airport’s fuel farm, which is used by all 26 airlines.
2.4%

So while it got cheaper for Americans to visit Canada, the opposite also happened. And popular destinations for Canadians, like Portland, saw numbers drop.

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