Asia leads the world’s growth in travel and
holds seven out of the ten busiest inter-city routes.
to the BRIC markets, Indonesia, the Philippines and Chile showed
an impressive growth, according to analysis by the market
intelligence solution Amadeus Total Demand.
The review looks at
trends in worldwide passenger demand between regions, countries
and specific airports, comparing the full 2011 passenger volumes
with 2010 data. All figures relate to passengers travelling
between a given origin and final destination airport, irrespective
of the number of connecting stops.
important inter-regional growth patterns of last year are led by
Asia. Traffic between Asia and Europe, and between Asia and North
America, grew by 9%. Traffic between Asia and the Middle East grew
6% reaching 38 million travellers in the year. Compared with the
previous year, 2% fewer passengers travelled between Africa and
Europe in 2011; this was the only region pair with a significant
traffic flow decrease over the period.
between North America and Europe remains the busiest
inter-regional flow with over 60 million passengers in 2011, followed by Asia and Europe with over 53 million, and Latin
America and North America with 47 million passengers.
David Brett, President of Amadeus Asia Pacific said that the
global findings are a striking reaffirmation of the rapid growth
in the travel industry which we are currently seeing across Asia
“To hold seven of the world’s top ten
inter-city routes all within the domestic borders of Asian
countries is testament to the significant role APAC plays within
the global travel market today. Amadeus is committed to delivering
world-class solutions that help our customers get the most out of
this expanding market and continue to grow their business,” he
In terms of connecting traffic, over 50% of all
passengers in the triangle between Asia, Europe and North America
change aircraft at least once. On the other hand, only 7% of all
passengers travelling within Asia travel with a connecting flight, compared to 10% in Europe and 31% in North America.
airports in Asia have a lower percentage of connecting traffic
than the North American and European hubs. The average connecting
rate of the ten busiest airports in Asia is 19% compared with 32%
for the top ten hubs in Europe and 45% in North America.
The 2011 country statistics reveal, unsurprisingly,
that the strongest growth in absolute passengers is led by the
BRIC countries. China registered an additional 19 million in 2011
than 2010, Brazil, 12 million, India 8 million and Russia 6
million. Indonesia was the 5th strongest growth market with an
additional 5 million passengers in 2011.
(17%), India (13%) and Russia (15%) also featured in the top ten
fastest-growing countries by percentage growth. Chile (21%), the Philippines (15%) and Indonesia (11%) are also among the fastest
growing travel markets. Egypt and Japan are among the fastest
shrinking markets, probably due to what some call the Arab Spring, and the
It is interesting to note that the strongest
traffic in between cities takes place within the same country.
From the world’s top ten inter-city routes, seven are within the
domestic borders of Asian countries, out of which three are in
In terms of volume, the route between Jeju and Seoul is the
most important (almost 10 million passengers) followed by Rio de
Janeiro and Sao Paulo (circa 8 million passengers).
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