7% in­crease in air travel com­pared to last year

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The In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) an­nounced in­dus­try per­for­mance sta­tis­tics for 2016 show­ing that sys­temwide, air­lines car­ried 3.8 bil­lion pas­sen­gers on sched­uled ser­vices last year, an in­crease of 7% over 2015, rep­re­sent­ing an ad­di­tional 242 mil­lion air trips.

This in­for­ma­tion is in­cluded in the 2017 edi­tion of the IATA World Air Trans­port Sta­tis­tics (WATS), the year­book of the air­line in­dus­try’s per­for­mance. Once again, air­lines in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion car­ried the largest num­ber of pas­sen­gers.

The re­gional rank­ing (based on to­tal pas­sen­gers car­ried on sched­uled ser­vices by air­lines reg­is­tered in that re­gion) is: Asi­aPa­cific 35% mar­ket share (1.3 bil­lion, an in­crease of 11.3% com­pared to 2015); Europe 26% mar­ket share (992.4 mil­lion, up 6.1% over 2015); North Amer­ica 24% mar­ket share (911.5 mil­lion, up 3% over 2015); Latin Amer­ica 7% mar­ket share (275.1 mil­lion, up 1.8% from 2015); Mid­dle East 5% mar­ket share (206.1 mil­lion, an in­crease of 9.1% over 2015); Africa 2% mar­ket share (84 mil­lion, up 6% over 2015).

The top five air­lines ranked by to­tal sched­uled pas­sen­gers car­ried (do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional) were: South­west Air­lines (151.8 mil­lion); Amer­i­can Air­lines (144.2 mil­lion); Delta Air Lines (143.3 mil­lion); China South­ern Air­lines (114.5 mil­lion); Ryanair (112 mil­lion)

The top five in­ter­na­tional/ re­gional pas­sen­ger air­port-pairs were al­most the same as they were in 2015, and all were within the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion: Hong Kong-Taipei (5.2 mil­lion, up 2.1% from 2015); Jakarta-Sin­ga­pore (3.4 mil­lion, up 0.9% from 2015); Bangkok Su­varn­ab­humi-Hong Kong (3 mil­lion, a de­crease of 3.14% from 2015); Kuala Lumpur– Sin­ga­pore (2.8 mil­lion, up 3.3% from 2015); Hong Kong-Seoul (2.8 mil­lion, down 15% from 2015).

The top five do­mes­tic pas­sen­ger air­port-pairs were also all in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion: Jeju-Seoul Gimpo (11.6 mil­lion, up 4.6% over 2015); Sap­poro-Tokyo Haneda (7.7 mil­lion, down 1.2% from 2015); Fukuoka-Tokyo Haneda (7.3 mil­lion, a de­crease of 4% from 2015); Mel­bourne-Tul­la­ma­rine-Syd­ney (7.3 mil­lion, down 4.6% from 2015); Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City (6.4 mil­lion, up 16.2% from 2015).

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