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IATA: Passenger traffic exceeded 4bn in 2017



●Cargo up 9.9%



The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) has released its 2017 World Air Transport Statistics, which indicate annual airline passenger numbers exceeded four billion for the first time. This was contained in the recently released 62nd Edition of the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS), the yearbook of the airline industry’s performance. Over the same period, airlines connected a record number of destinations in 2017, providing regular services to over 20,000 city pairs – which more than doubles the 1995 level. Africa accounts for 2.2 per cent of the global market with 88.5 million passengers, representing a 6.6 per cent rise over the previous year.

Globally, air cargo markets saw a 9.9 per cent expansion in the amount of freight flown, outstripping a 5.3 per cent increase in capacity. Star Alliance (which includes Africa’s South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir) maintained its position as the largest airline alliance with 39 per cent of all scheduled airline traffic. Sky- Team (which includes Kenya Airways) followed with 33 per cent per cent and Oneworld with 28 per cent.

In 2000, the average citizen flew just once every 43 months. In 2017, the figure was once every 22 months. Flying has never been more accessible. And this is liberating people to explore more of our planet for work, leisure and education. Aviation is the business of freedom,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

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