Tracking Airline Industry Performance in 2013

Published on : Tuesday, August 12, 2014

IATAThe International Air Transport Association published the 58th edition of the World Air Transport Statistics , a leading yearbook of the airline industry’s annual performance containing extensive statistical information and analysis.

“Commercial aviation began 100 years ago with a single airplane, a single passenger and a single route. Last year, as recorded in the WATS, the industry carried more than 3 billion passengers and nearly 48 million tonnes of cargo on nearly 100,000 flights per day, while the real price of air travel fell by 7.4%. Aviation’s annual contribution exceeds even these impressive figures.


Its global economic impact is estimated at $2.4 trillion and it supports 3.4% of global GDP. By value, over a third of goods traded internationally are delivered by air and some 58.1 million jobs are supported by aviation,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Snapshot of 2013 industry performance:
System-wide, airlines carried 3.129 billion passengers on scheduled services, an increase of 5.1% over 2012. Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region carried the largest number of passengers of any region. The regional ranking (based on total passengers carried on scheduled services by airlines registered in that region) is:
1. Asia-Pacific (1.012 billion passengers, an increase of 9.3%)
2. Europe (825.9 million passengers, up 3.4% over 2012)
3. North America (818.9 million, up 0.7% over 2012)
4. Latin America and the Caribbean (240.5 million, up 7.6%)
5. Middle East (157.9 million, an increase of 8.8%)
6. Africa (73.8 million, 5.6% up over 2012).
The top countries by region based on passengers carried (total both-ways, international and domestic) were:
1. Africa: South Africa (20.4 million, a decline of 0.1% compared to 2012)
2. Asia-Pacific: People’s Republic of China (404.2 million, an increase of 11.8%)
3. Europe: United Kingdom (177.9 million, up 3.7% over 2012)
4. Latin America and Caribbean: Brazil (92.9 million, an increase of 4.5% over 2012
5. Middle East: United Arab Emirates (45.3 million, an increase of 11.7%),
6. North America: United States (618.1 million, an increase of 3.3% over 2012.)
The United States is still the largest single air market in the world, in terms of total two-way traffic, international and domestic.
The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passengers carried were:
1. Delta Air Lines (120.6 million)
2. Southwest Airlines (115.3 million)
3. China Southern Airlines (91.5 million)
4. United Airlines (90.2 million)
5. American Airlines (86.8 million)
The top three city-pairs based on passengers carried on international routes were:
1. Hong Kong-Chinese Taipei (4.9 million, down 11.5%)
2. Dublin-London (3.6 million, up 6.9%)
3. Jakarta-Singapore (3.4 million, up 8.6%)
The top three city-pairs based on passengers carried on domestic routes were:
1. Jeju Seoul (9.58 million, up 1.4% over 2012)
2. Sapporo-Tokyo (9.17 million, up 4.7%)
3. Fukuoka-Tokyo (8.34 million, up 9.3%)


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