Airlines IATA reports over four billion passengers in 2017


The International Air Transport Association has reported its annual statistics for 2017.

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced industry performance statistics for 2017. Worldwide annual air passenger numbers exceeded four billion for the first time. At the same time, airlines connected a record number of cities worldwide, providing regular services to over 20,000 city pairs in 2017, more than double the level of 1995. 

“In 2000, the average citizen flew just once every 43 months. In 2017, the figure was once every 22 months. Flying has never been more accessible. And this is liberating people to explore more of our planet for work, leisure and education. Aviation is the business of freedom,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once again carried the largest number of passengers: 1.5 billion passengers or 36.3% of the global market share travelled in the Asian-Pacific region. Based on total passengers carried on scheduled services by airlines registered in that region, the rankings are: Europe (26.3%), North America (23%), Latin America (7%), Middle East (5.3%) and Africa (2.2%)

Further IATA Statistics

The top five international/regional passenger airport-pairs were all within the Asia-Pacific region, again this year:
1. Hong Kong-Taipei Taoyuan (5.4 million, up 1.8% from 2016) 
2. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta-Singapore (3.3 million, up 0.8% from 2016)
3. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Hong Kong (3.1 million, increase of 3.5% from 2016) 
4. Kuala Lumpur–Singapore (2.8 million, down. 0.3% from 2016)
5. Hong Kong-Seoul Incheon (2.7 million, down 2.2% from 2016)


The top five domestic passenger airport-pairs were also all in the Asia-Pacific region:
1. Jeju-Seoul Gimpo (13.5 million, up 14.8% over 2016) 
2. Melbourne Tullamarine-Sydney (7.8 million, up 0.4% from 2016)
3. Fukuoka-Tokyo Haneda (7.6 million, an increase of 6.1% from 2016) 
4. Sapporo-Tokyo Haneda (7.4 million, up 4.6% from 2016) 
5. Beijing Capital-Shanghai Hongqiao (6.4 million, up 1.9% from 2016)

Largest airline by total scheduled passenger kilometers are American Airlines (324 million), Delta Air Lines (316.3 million), United Airlines (311 million), Emirates (289 million) and the US low cost carrier Southwest Airlines (207.7 million).

Source © IATA

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