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IATA releases world air transport statistics

MONTREAL, Que.– The International Air Transport Association (IATA) published the 58th edition of the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS), a leading yearbook of the airline industry’s annual performance containing extensive statistical information and analysis.

“Commercial aviation began 100 years ago with a single airplane, a single passenger and a single route. Last year, as recorded in the WATS, the industry carried more than 3 billion passengers and nearly 48 million 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 $2.4 trillion and it supports 3.4% of global GDP. By value, over a third of goods traded internationally are delivered by air and some 58.1 million jobs are supported by aviation,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Globally, cargo experienced weak growth with freight tonne kilometers up only 1.8% compared to 2012. However, this represents a reversal of the 1.1% shrinkage over 2011.

The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled freight tonnes carried were:

1. Federal Express (7.1 million)

2. UPS Airlines (4.1 million)

3. Emirates (2.1 million)

4. Korean Air (1.4 million)

5. Cathay Pacific Airways (1.3 million)

Consumer and Business

• Airlines added over 1,100 direct airport-pair services and 600,000 frequencies in 2013, for a new total of 50,000 direct airport-pair services and 31.5 million frequencies.

• The price of air travel in real terms fell by 7.4% compared to 2012

• The cost of shipping goods by air in real terms fell 7.1%


• Fuel consumption represents about 2% of all fossil fuels burned worldwide for all purposes, or about 12% of the total amount of fossil fuels consumed by all transportation. The average price of jet fuel in 2013 decreased by 3.9% compared to 2012.

• Total estimated cost of fuel was $210 billion or 31% of airline operating costs.

• Between 2005 and 2013, fuel efficiency improved by 11%.