GLOBAL AIR PASSENGER TRAFFIC
As per data released by the International Air Transport Association, Airlines across the world flew 3.8 billion passengers in 2016 and this represents an increase by seven per cent over the previous year. Report on the performance of the global airline industry indicated that that India was ranked third in the category of carrying the most number of passengers in the domestic segment. The report showed the US citizens were the world’s most avid air travellers with around 810 million passengers travelling on American passports in 2016 comprising 21 per cent of all passengers worldwide. Internationally, American citizens also took top place, comprising 9.5 per cent of all travellers. This was followed by citizens of the UK (7.8 per cent), Germany (6.5 per cent), China (6.4 per cent) and France (4.1 per cent). In the domestic segment too, US citizens were the most prevalent travellers at 29.9 per cent while Indians were ranked third at 5.2 per cent. China was second at 19 per cent while Indonesia with 4.4 per cent was at the fourth slot and Japan with 3.5 per cent was ranked fifth. According to the report, airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once again carried the largest number of passengers.