The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced industry performance statistics for 2015 with Africa showing a 2.2percent market share, 79.5 million, up 1.8percent over 2014.
The statistics showed that among the world’s largest domestic markets, India had the fastest domestic passenger growth in 2015.
With annual growth of 18.8percent (in a market of 80 million domestic passengers), India’s performance surpassed that of Russia (11.9percent growth, in a market of 47 million domestic passengers), China (9.7percent growth, in a market of 394 million domestic passengers) and the United States (5.4 percent growth, in a market of 708 million domestic passengers). The information was included in the recently released 60th Edition of the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS), the yearbook of the airline industry’s performance.
“Last year, airlines safely carried 3.6 billion passengers—the equivalent of 48percent of the Earth’s population—and transported 52.2 million tonnes of cargo worth around $6 trillion. In doing so, we supported some $2.7 trillion in economic activity and 63 million jobs,” said IATA’s director general and chief executive officer (CEO), Tony Tyler.
The highlights of the 2015 airline industry performance for the Passengers include:
System-wide, airlines carried 3.6 billion passengers on scheduled services, an increase of 7.2 percent over 2014, representing an additional 240 million air trips.
Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once again 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 34percent market share (1.2 billion passengers, an increase of 10percent compared to the region’s passengers in 2014).
Europe recorded 26.2 percent market share (935.5 million passengers, up 6.7percent over 2014)
North America recorded 24.8 percent market share (883.2 million, up 5.2percent over 2014)
Latin America 7.5 percent market share (267.6 million, up 4.7percent)
Middle East 5.3 percent market share (188.2 million, an increase of 8.1percent)
The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passengers carried (domestic and international) were: American Airlines (146,5 million), Southwest Airlines (144.6 million),
Delta Air Lines (138.8 million), China Southern Airlines (109.3 million) and Ryanair (101.4 million).
The top five international/regional passenger airport-pairs were all within the Asia-Pacific region:Hong Kong-Taipei (5.1 million, up 2.1percent from 2014) Jakarta-Singapore (3.4 million, down 2.6percent ) Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Hong Kong (3 million, increase of 29.2percent)
Kuala Lumpur–Singapore (2.7 million, up 13percent) Hong Kong-Singapore (2.7 million, down 3.2percent ) The top five domestic passenger airport-pairs were also all in the Asia-
Jeju-Seoul Gimpo (11.1 million, up 7.1percent over 2014)
Sapporo-Tokyo Haneda (7.8 million, up 1.3percent )
Fukuoka-Tokyo Haneda (7.6 million, a decrease of 7.4percent from 2014) Melbourne Tullamarine-Sydney (7.2 million, down 2.2percent ) Beijing Capital-Shanghai Hongqiao (6.1 million, up 6.1percent from 2014)
For Cargo: Globally, cargo markets showed a 2.3percent expansion in freight and mail tonne kilometers (FTKs). This outstripped a capacity increase of 5.8 percent decreasing freight load factor by 1.6 percent pp
The top five airlines ranked by total freight tonnes carried on scheduled services were: FedEx Express (7.1 million), United Parcel Service (4.5 million), Emirates Airline (2.5 million), Cathay Pacific Airways (1.6 million), Korean Air (1.5 million), Airline Alliances
Star Alliance maintained its position as the largest airline alliance in 2015 with 23 percent of total scheduled traffic (in RPK), followed by SkyTeam (20.4 percent ) and Oneworld (17.8percent ).