IATA: More Connectivity, Improved Efficiency: 4.4 billion passengers strong

IATA: More Connectivity, Improved Efficiency: 4.4 billion passengers strong

eTurboNews Syndication:

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released performance figures for 2018 showing that global air connectivity continues to are more accessible and much more efficient. The IATA World Air Transport Statistics (2019 WATS) confirms that:

  • 4.4 billion passengers flew in 2018
  • Record efficiency was achieved with 81.9% of available seats being filled
  • Fuel efficiency improved by a lot more than 12% in comparison to 2010
  • 22,000 city pairs are connected by direct flights, up 1,300 over 2017 and double the 10,250 city pairs connected in 1998
  • The real cost of air transport has a lot more than halved during the last twenty years (to around 78 US cents per revenue tonne-kilometer, or RTK).

‘’Airlines are connecting more folks and places than before ever. The freedom to fly ever is more accessible than. And the world is really a more prosperous place as a complete result. Much like any human activity this posseses an environmental cost that airlines are focused on reducing. That sustainability is understood by us is vital to your license to spread aviation’s benefits. From 2020 we will cap net carbon emissions growth. And, by 2050, we will cut our net carbon footprint to half 2005 levels. This ambitious climate action goal needs government support. It is important for sustainable aviation fuels, new technology and much more efficient routes to provide the greener future we have been targeting,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director CEO and General.

Highlights of the 2018 airline industry performance:


  • System-wide, airlines carried 4.4 billion passengers on scheduled services, a rise of 6.9% over 2017, representing yet another 284 million trips by air.
  • The development of the low-cost carrier (LCC)* segment continues to outpace that of network carriers.
  • Measured in ASKs (available seat kilometers), LCC capacity grew by 13.4%, doubling the entire industry growth rate of 6 almost.9%. LCCs accounted for 21% of global capacity) in 2018, up from 11% in 2004.
  • When considering available seats, the global share of LCCs in 2018 was 29%, reflecting the short-haul nature of these business model. That is up from 16% in 2004.
  • Some 52 of IATA’s 290 current member airlines classify themselves as LCCs, along with other new model airlines.

Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region again carried the biggest amount of passengers systemwide once. The regional rankings (predicated on total passengers continued scheduled services by airlines registered for the reason that region) are:

  1. Asia-Pacific 37.1% market share (1.6 billion passengers, a rise of 9.2% when compared to region’s passengers in 2017)
  2. Europe 26.2% market share (1.1 billion passengers, 6 up.6% over 2017)
  3. North America 22.6% market share (989.4 million passengers, 4 up.8% over 2017)
  4. Latin America 6.9% market share (302.2 million passengers, up 5.7% over 2017)
  5. Middle East 5.1 % market share (224.2 million passengers, a rise of 4.0% over 2017)
  6. Africa 2.1% market share (92 million passengers, up 5.5% over 2017).

The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passenger kilometers flown, were:

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  1. American Airlines (330.6 billion)
  2. Delta Air Lines (330 billion)
  3. United Airlines (329.6 billion)
  4. Emirates (302.3 billion)
  5. Southwest Airlines (214.6 billion)

The top five international/regional passenger airport-pairs** were all within the Asia-Pacific region again this season:

  1. Hong Kong – Taipei Taoyuan (5.4 million, 0 down.4% from 2017)
  2. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi – Hong Kong (3.4 million, increased 8.8% from 2017)
  3. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta – Singapore Changi (3.2 million, decreased 3.3% from 2017)
  4. Seoul-Incheon – Osaka-Kansai (2.9 million, a rise of 16.5% from 2017)
  5. Kuala Lumpur–International – Singapore Changi (2.8 million, 2 up.1% from 2017)

The top five domestic passenger airport-pairs were also all in the Asia-Pacific region:

  1. Jeju – Seoul Gimpo (14.5 million, 7 up.6% over 2017)
  2. Fukuoka – Tokyo Haneda (7.6 million, a rise of 0.9% from 2017)
  3. Melbourne-Tullamarine – Sydney (7.6 million, 2 down.1% from 2017)
  4. Sapporo – Tokyo-Haneda (7.3 million, decreased by 1.5% from 2017)
  5. Beijing Capital – Shanghai Hongqiao (6.4 million, 0 up.4% from 2017)

The top five nationalities*** traveling (international routes) are:

  • United Kingdom (126.2 million, or 8.6% of most passengers)
  • United States (111.5 million, or 7.6% of most passengers)
  • People’s Republic of China (97 million, or 6.6% of most passengers)
  • Germany (94.3 million, or 6.4% of most passengers)
  • France (59.8 million, or 4.1% of most passengers)


year in 2017

  • Following an extremely strong, air freight volumes grew more in 2018 consistent with global trade volumes modestly. Globally, freight and mail tonne kilometers (FTKs) showed a 3.4% expansion in comparison with 9.7% in 2017. With capacity increasing by 5.2% in 2018, the freight load factor fell by 0.8 percentage indicate 49.3%.

The top five airlines ranked by scheduled freight tonne kilometers flown were:

  • Federal Express (17.5 billion)
  • Emirates (12.7 billion)
  • Qatar Airways (12.7 billion)
  • United Parcel Service (12.5 billion)
  • Cathay Pacific Airways (11.3 billion)

Airline Alliances

  • Star Alliance maintained its position because the largest airline alliance in 2018 with 21.9% of total scheduled traffic (in RPKs), accompanied by SkyTeam (18.8%) and oneworld (15.4%).

Author: George Taylor

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