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IATA: global passenger trips rose 7% in 2016

10/10/2017| 5:05:15 PM|

Air travel passengers in 2016 increased 7% to 3.8 billion year on year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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.

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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:

1. Asia-Pacific 35% market share (1.3 billion, an increase of 11.3% compared to 2015)

2. Europe 26% market share (992.4 million, up 6.1% over 2015)

3. North America 24% market share (911.5 million, up 3% over 2015)

4. Latin America 7% market share (275.1 million, up 1.8% from 2015)

5. Middle East 5% market share (206.1 million, an increase of 9.1% over 2015)

6. Africa 2% market share (84 million, up 6% over 2015).

The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passengers carried (domestic and international) were:

1. Southwest Airlines (151.8 million)

2. American Airlines (144.2 million)

3. Delta Air Lines (143.3 million)

4. China Southern Airlines (114.5 million)

5. 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.

US Citizens are the world’s most prevalent travelers. Some 810 million passengers traveled on US passports in 2016 comprising 21% of all passengers worldwide.

Internationally, American citizens also took top place, comprising 9.5% of all travelers. This was followed by citizens of the UK (7.8%), Germany (6.5%), China (6.4%) and France (4.1%).

Domestically, US citizens were also the most prevalent travelers at 29.9%, followed by China (19.0%), India (5.2%), Indonesia (4.4%) and Japan (3.5%).

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