Commercial Aviation Breaks 3 Billion Pax Barrier

There were more than 3 billion airline passengers for the first time in 2013, according to industry group IATA. “On average, every day more than 8 million people fly,” IATA said in a statement. It estimates there will be 3.3 billion airline pax this year. Incidentally, 2014 also marks the 100th year since the first commercial aviation flight undertaken by the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line across Tampa Bay, Florida on January 1, 1914.

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