IATA statistics for 2017: 4.1 billion passengers carried
IATA has presented some interesting statistics for 2017. Estimates show a total traffic of 4.1 billion passengers and over 20 000 of routes between cities.
Earlier this year, ICAO has released the first estimates for 2017. At that time, we were announcing a total traffic of 4.1 billion passengers, increasing by 7.1% compared to 2016. IATA comes now and presents some interesting statistics, which are reported on 2017.
The estimated number of passengers is the same - 4.1 billion. The increase was adjusted to 7.3% compared to 2016, which means an increase of approximately 280 of millions of passengers. For the first time in the history of civil aviation, airlines have connected a record number of cities around the world. In 2017 there were flights on more than 20 000 routes, more than double than 1995. Direct routes reduce travel costs and time.
4.1 billion passengers carried
Companies in the Asia-Pacific region carried the largest number of passengers. The regional ranking (based on the total number of passengers carried on regular services by the airlines registered in the respective region) are:
1. Asia-Pacific - 36,3% market share (1,5 billion passengers, 10,6% increase over 2016)
2. Europe - 26,3% market share (1,1 billion passengers, up by 8,2% compared to 2016)
3. North America - 23% market share (941,8 million passengers, up by 3,2% compared to 2016)
4. Latin America - 7% market share (286,1 million passengers, up by 4,1% compared to 2016)
5. Middle East - 5.3% market share (216,1 million passengers, 4,6% increase over 2016)
6. Africa - 2,2% market share (88,5 million, up by 6,6% compared to 2016).
An interesting statistic is that related to the traffic of passengers by nationalities. Most passengers are from the United States, followed by Chinese and Indians.
1. United States (632 million - 18,6% of total passengers)
2. People's Republic of China (555 million - 16,3% of total passengers)
3. India (161,5 million - 4,7% of total passengers)
4. United Kingdom (147 million - 4,3% of total passengers)
5. Germany (114,4 million - 3,4% of total passengers)
And the freight market registered a remarkable increase, of 9.9% compared to 2016. The transport capacity increased with 5.5%, and the loading degree with 2.1%. Below you have the top 5 airlines on the cargo area, according to the transport capacity:
1. Federal Express (16,9 billion)
2. Emirates (12,7 billion)
3. UPS (NO ONE BILLION)
4. Qatar Airways (NUMBER billion)
5. Cathay Pacific Airways (10,8 billion)
As can be seen, the IATA and ICAO figures are very close in value. We expect the above figures to be exceeded in 2018. The global economic indices are increasing, which contributes to a better standard of living. More and more people choose the plane to travel for business, travel or work. There are emerging regions in the process of development, others that maintain their growing trend.
Star Alliance maintained its position as the largest alliance of airlines in 2017, with 22% of total scheduled traffic (in RPK), followed by SkyTeam (19%) and oneworld (16%).