The International Air Transport Association
(IATA) today published the 58th edition of the World Air Transport Statistics
(WATS), and the top three city-pairs based on passengers carried on
international routes were: 1. Hong Kong- Taipei (4.9m, down 11.5%) 2.
Dublin-London (3.6m, up 6.9%) 3. Jakarta-Singapore (3.4m, up 8.6%).
“Last year, as recorded in the WATS, the industry carried more than 3bn
passengers and nearly 48m 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 $2.4tn and it supports 3.4% of global
GDP. By value, over a third of goods traded internationally are delivered by air
and some 58.1m jobs are supported by aviation,” said
Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO.
The United States is still the largest single air
market in the world, in terms of total two-way traffic, international and
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