Published on : Thursday, August 1, 2019
Airlines across the world flew 4.4 billion passengers in 2018 as per the research from International Air Transport Association (IATA). It marks an increase of 6.9 per cent from the previous year. IATA found that the efficiency reached record-breaking numbers, as 81.9 per cent of available seats were filled. As compared to the 2010 figures, fuel efficiency also improved by more than 12 per cent. There was an additional 284 million trips by air year-on-year.
Airlines in North America carried 989 million passengers last year, an increase of 4.8 percent. Asia-Pacific saw the fastest growth in airline passengers during 2018. In total, 1.6 billion passengers in the region, an increase of 9.2 per cent compared to 2017 and representing 37.1 percent of the global market share.
In 2018, 126.2 million passengers were British which amounted to 8.6 per cent, or one in 12, of all international travellers. The U.K. was followed by the US (111.5 million, or 7.6 per cent of all passengers) and China (97 million, 6.6 per cent).
As per IATA’s World Air Transport Statistics, flight availability is also on the rise, with 22,000 city pairs now connected by direct journeys – an increase of 1,300 over 2017. These figures are double of 1998 numbers of 10,250 direct city pairs connected. As for the cost of air transport, it has been cut in half over the last 20 years.
Alexandre de Juniac, IATA CEO said they understand that sustainability is essential to our license to spread aviation’s benefits. From 2020 they will cap net carbon emissions growth. By 2050, they will cut net carbon footprint to half 2005 levels.