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More Than 7% Increase in Global Air Travel Compared to Last Year

IATA announced industry performance statistics for 2016 showing that airlines carried 3.8 billion passengers on scheduled services last year. This information is included in the 2017 edition of the IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS), the yearbook of the airline industry’s performance.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced industry performance statistics for 2016 showing that system-wide, 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.

Highlights of the 2016 airline industry performance:

Passenger 

Passenger Traffic by Nationality

A new feature available this year in the WATS+ edition is the ranking of passenger numbers in terms of nationality (citizenship). Highlights include:

New Model Airlines

New Model Airlines [1] (NMAs), a classification that includes 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 carriers [2] contributed 2.2% to passenger volumes.

Measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPK), NMAs accounted for 20% of global traffic, reflecting the concentration of this sector on short-haul flying. By the same RPK measure, network carriers accounted for 77% of traffic with leisure carriers comprising 3% of traffic. 

Cargo 

The top five airlines ranked by total freight tonnes carried on scheduled services were:

  1.  
    1. FedEx Express (7.1 million) 
    2. United Parcel Service (4.7 million)
    3. Emirates Airline (2.5 million)
    4. Qatar Airways (1.8 million)
    5. Cathay Pacific Airways (1.6 million) 

Airline Alliances

Star Alliance maintained its position as the largest airline alliance in 2016 with 38% of total scheduled traffic (in RPK), followed by SkyTeam (33%) and oneworld (29%).

The 2017 WATS and WATS+ are available for purchase on IATA’s website at www.iata.org/wats

 

 [1] IATA defines a New Model Airline as one whose business model is based on lower fares. See also ICAO’s definition of Low Cost Carriers (LCC) in Section 5.1-2 of the Manual on the Regulation of International Air Transport (Document 9626)

[2] The distinction between traditional/legacy, low–costs, and leisure carriers is compiled by IATA following an auto–classification of the airline as based on its marketing strategy.

Posted by on October 9, 2017.

Categories: Travel Industry News

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