IATA releases World Air Transport Statistics 2013

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore August 12, 2014 20:21

IATA releases World Air Transport Statistics 2013

IATA has published the 58th edition of World Air Transport Statistics (WATS).

The report states that system-wide during 2013, passenger 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:

Asia-Pacific (1.012 billion passengers, an increase of 9.3%).
Europe (825.9 million passengers, up 3.4% over 2012).
North America (818.9 million, up 0.7% over 2012).
Latin America and the Caribbean (240.5 million, up 7.6%).
Middle East (157.9 million, an increase of 8.8%).
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:

Africa: South Africa (20.4 million, a decline of 0.1% compared to 2012).
Asia-Pacific: People’s Republic of China (404.2 million, an increase of 11.8%).
Europe: United Kingdom (177.9 million, up 3.7% over 2012).
Latin America and Caribbean: Brazil (92.9 million, an increase of 4.5% over 2012).
Middle East: United Arab Emirates (45.3 million, an increase of 11.7%).
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:
Delta Air Lines (120.6 million)
Southwest Airlines (115.3 million)
China Southern Airlines (91.5 million)
United Airlines (90.2 million)
American Airlines (86.8 million)

Globally, cargo experienced weak growth during 2013 with freight tonne kilometers up only 1.8% compared to 2012. However, this represents a reversal of the 1.1% shrinkage over 2011.

The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled freight tonnes carried were:
Federal Express (7.1 million), UPS Airlines (4.1 million), Emirates (2.1 million), Korean Air (1.4 million), Cathay Pacific Airways (1.3 million).

The price of air travel in real terms fell during 2013 by 7.4% compared to 2012. The cost of shipping goods by air in real terms fell 7.1%. Fuel consumption represents about 2% of all fossil fuels burned worldwide for all purposes, or about 12% of the total amount of fossil fuels consumed by all transportation. The average price of jet fuel in 2013 decreased by 3.9% compared to 2012.

The total estimated cost of fuel was $210 billion or 31% of airline operating costs.
Between 2005 and 2013, fuel efficiency improved by 11%.

IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler said: “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.”

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore August 12, 2014 20:21