IATA's industry performance statistics for 2016
show that system-wide, airlines carried 3.8 billion passengers on
scheduled services last year, an increase of 7% over 2015,
representing an additional 242 million air trips.
This information is included in the 2017 edition
of the IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS).
Highlights of the 2016 airline Industry
Once again, airlines in the
Asia-Pacific region carried the largest number of passengers. The
regional ranking (based on total passengers carried on scheduled
services by airlines registered in that region) is:
Asia-Pacific 35% market share (1.3 billion, an increase of 11.3%
compared to 2015)
2. Europe 26% market share (992.4 million,
up 6.1% over 2015)
3. North America 24% market share (911.5
million, up 3% over 2015)
4. Latin America 7% market share
(275.1 million, up 1.8% from 2015)
5. Middle East 5% market
share (206.1 million, an increase of 9.1% over 2015)
2% market share (84 million, up 6% over 2015).
The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passengers carried
(domestic and international) were:
1. Southwest Airlines
2. American Airlines (144.2 million)
Delta Air Lines (143.3 million)
4. China Southern Airlines
5. Ryanair (112 million)
top five international/regional passenger airport-pairs were
almost the same as they were in 2015, and all were within the
Asia- Pacific region:
1. Hong Kong-Taipei (5.2 million, up
2.1% from 2015)
2. Jakarta-Singapore (3.4 million, up 0.9%
3. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Hong Kong (3 million, a
decrease of 3.14% from 2015)
4. Kuala Lumpur–Singapore (2.8
million, up 3.3% from 2015)
5. Hong Kong-Seoul (2.8 million,
down 15% from 2015)
The top five domestic
passenger airport-pairs were also all in the Asia-Pacific region:
1. Jeju-Seoul Gimpo (11.6 million, up 4.6% over 2015)
Sapporo-Tokyo Haneda (7.7 million, down 1.2% from 2015)
Fukuoka-Tokyo Haneda (7.3 million, a decrease of 4% from 2015)
4. Melbourne-Tullamarine-Sydney (7.3 million, down 4.6% from 2015)
5. Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh (6.4 million, up 16.2% from 2015)
Passenger Traffic by Nationality
A new feature
available this year in the WATS+ edition is the ranking of
passenger numbers in terms of nationality (citizenship). Highlights include:
- US Citizens are the world’s most
prevalent travelers. Some 810 million passengers traveled on US
passports in 2016 comprising 21% of all passengers worldwide.
- Internationally, American citizens also took top place,
comprising 9.5% of all travelers. This was followed by citizens of
the UK (7.8%), Germany (6.5%), China (6.4%) and France (4.1%).
- Domestically, US citizens were also the most prevalent travelers
at 29.9%, followed by China (19.0%), India (5.2%), Indonesia
(4.4%) and Japan (3.5%).
New Model Airlines
Model Airlines (NMAs), a classification that includes Low Cost
Carriers (LCCs), accounted for 28.3% of all passengers in 2016, up from 27.1% of passengers in 2015. Network carriers account for
69.5% of total passengers while leisure carriers˛ contributed 2.2%
to passenger volumes.
Measured in revenue passenger
kilometers (RPK), NMAs accounted for 20% of global traffic,
reflecting the concentration of this sector on short-haul flying.
By the same RPK measure, network carriers accounted for 77% of
traffic with leisure carriers comprising 3% of traffic.
The top five airlines ranked by total freight tonnes carried on scheduled services were:
1. FedEx Express
2. United Parcel Service (4.7 million)
Emirates Airline (2.5 million)
4. Qatar Airways (1.8 million)
5. Cathay Pacific Airways (1.6 million)
Star Alliance maintained its position as the largest
airline alliance in 2016 with 38% of total scheduled traffic (in
RPK), followed by SkyTeam (33%) and oneworld (29%).
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