Asia Pacific Dominates Global Aviation Passenger Traffic

Global aviation passenger numbers during 2016 grew 7% over the previous year, reaching 3.8 billion. Once again Asia Pacific aviation dominated with 35% global share at 1.3 billion passengers, up 11.3% on 2015, according to the 2017 edition of the IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS), the yearbook of the airline industry’s performance. The top five city pairs were all in Asia, though US citizens fly more than any other nationality and three most popular airlines were all based in the United States. Highlights of the 2016 airline industry performance include:

Passenger Share:

1. Asia-Pacific 35% market share (1.3 billion, an increase of 11.3% compared to  2015).
2. Europe 26% market share (992.4 million, up 6.1% over 2015).
3. North America 24% market share (911.5 million, up 3% over 2015).
4. Latin America 7% market share (275.1 million, up 1.8% from 2015).
5. Middle East 5% market share (206.1 million, an increase of 9.1% over 2015).
6. Africa 2% market share (84 million, up 6% over 2015). 

Top Five Airlines passengers carried:

1. Southwest Airlines (151.8 million).
2. American Airlines (144.2 million).
3. Delta Air Lines (143.3 million).
4. China Southern Airlines (114.5 million)
5. Ryanair (112 million)

Top Five City Pairs, International:

1. Hong Kong-Taipei (5.2 million, up 2.1% from 2015).
2. Jakarta-Singapore (3.4 million, up 0.9% from 2015).
3. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Hong Kong (3 million, a decrease of 3.14% from 2015).
4. Kuala Lumpur–Singapore (2.8 million, up 3.3% from 2015).
5. Hong Kong-Seoul (2.8 million, down 15% from 2015).

Top Five Domestic City Pairs:

1. Jeju-Seoul Gimpo (11.6 million, up 4.6% over 2015).
2. Sapporo-Tokyo Haneda (7.7 million, down 1.2% from 2015).
3. Fukuoka-Tokyo Haneda (7.3 million, a decrease of 4% from 2015).
4. Melbourne-Tullamarine-Sydney (7.3 million, down 4.6% from 2015).
5. Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City (6.4 million,  up 16.2% from 2015)>

Other highlights:

  • US Citizens are the world’s most prevalent travelers. Some 810 million passengers traveled on US passports in 2016 comprising 21% of all passengers worldwide.
  • Low Cost Carriers (LCCs), accounted for 28.3% of all passengers in 2016, up from 27.1% of passengers in 2015.
  • Network carriers account for 69.5% of total passengers while leisure carriers² contributed 2.2% to passenger volumes. 
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