Monday, September 10, 2018

Asian Aviation Flying High But United States Carriers Still Tops

Four of the world’s top five airlines may be from the United States but it’s Asia-Pacific that rules the global skies with a 36% share of the 4.1 billion passengers flown during 2017 – a record, of course.

Asia-Pacific was also the fastest growing aviation market at 10%, well ahead of the rest. No surprise there.

And yet not a single Asia-Pacific carrier made the top five carriers.

Leading the way was American Airlines (324 million passenger kilometres), closely followed by Delta Air Lines (316.3 m),  United Airlines (311 m), Emirates Airlines (289 m) and Southwest Airlines (207.7 m).

Weird, right?

These and other amazing facts are included the recently released 62nd Edition of the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) – an outstanding read for travel and data nerds. Even better if you’re both.

For mine, the most telling stat is that “in 2000, the average citizen flew just once every 43 months. In 2017, the figure was once every 22 months.

In other words, the average person (whoever that may be!) is flying twice as much as they were 17 years ago.
10/09/18 Martin Kelly/Travel Trends

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