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Traveler Numbers 2017

  • Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once again carried the largest number of passengers. The regional rankings (based on total passengers carried on scheduled services by airlines registered in that region) are:
    1. Asia-Pacific 36.3% market share (1.5 billion passengers, an increase of 10.6% compared to the region’s passengers in 2016)
    2. Europe 26.3% market share (1.1 billion passengers, up 8.2% over 2016)
    3. North America 23% market share (941.8 million, up 3.2% over 2016)
    4. Latin America 7% market share (286.1 million, up 4.1% over 2016)
    5. Middle East 5.3% market share (216.1 million, an increase of 4.6% over 2016)
    6. Africa 2.2% market share (88.5 million, up 6.6% over 2016).
  • The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passenger kilometers flown, were:
    1. American Airlines (324 million)
    2. Delta Air Lines (316.3 million)
    3. United Airlines (311 million)
    4. Emirates Airline (289 million)
    5. Southwest Airlines (207.7 million)
  • The top five international/regional passenger airport-pairs were all within the Asia-Pacific region, again this year:
    1. Hong KongTaipei Taoyuan (5.4 million, up 1.8% from 2016)
    2. Jakarta Soekarno-HattaSingapore (3.3 million, up 0.8% from 2016)
    3. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Hong Kong (3.1 million, increase of 3.5% from 2016)
    4. Kuala LumpurSingapore (2.8 million, down. 0.3% from 2016)
    5. Hong Kong-Seoul Incheon (2.7 million, down 2.2% from 2016)
  • The top five domestic passenger airport-pairs were also all in the Asia-Pacific region:
    1. JejuSeoul Gimpo (13.5 million, up 14.8% over 2016)
    2. Melbourne TullamarineSydney (7.8 million, up 0.4% from 2016)
    3. FukuokaTokyo Haneda (7.6 million, an increase of 6.1% from 2016)
    4. Sapporo-Tokyo Haneda (7.4 million, up 4.6% from 2016)
    5. Beijing CapitalShanghai Hongqiao (6.4 million, up 1.9% from 2016)
  • One of the interesting recent additions to the WATS report is the ranking of passenger traffic by nationality , for international and domestic travel. (Nationality refers to the passenger’s citizenship as opposed to the country of residence.)
    1. United States of America (632 million, representing 18.6% of all passengers)
    2. People’s Republic of China (555 million or 16.3% of all passengers)
    3. India (161.5 million or 4.7% of all passengers)
    4. United Kingdom (147 million or 4.3% of all passengers)
    5. Germany (114.4 million or 3.4% of all passengers)

Cargo

  • Globally, cargo markets showed a 9.9% expansion in freight and mail tonne kilometers (FTKs). This outstripped a capacity increase of 5.3% increasing freight load factor by 2.1%.
  • The top five airlines ranked by scheduled freight tonne kilometers flown were:
    1. Federal Express (16.9 billion)
    2. Emirates (12.7 billion)
    3. United Parcel Service (11.9 billion)
    4. Qatar Airways (11 billion)
    5. Cathay Pacific Airways (10.8 billion)

Airline Alliances

  • Star Alliance maintained its position as the largest airline alliance in 2016 with 39% of total scheduled traffic (in RPKs), followed by SkyTeam (33%) and oneworld (28%).