According to the official data from the international trade body for aviation, the results depict that more Britisher has travelled abroad than any other nationality. According to the statistics, The UK was followed by the US (111.5 million, or 7.6 per cent of all passengers) and then China (97 million, 6.6 per cent).
In 2018, 126.2 million passengers were British roughly estimated one in 12, of all international travellers travelling abroad. In 2018, there was an increase of 6.9 per cent from 2017 where a data from the International Air Transport Association shows that 4.4 billion passengers flew in 2018 representing an additional approximate number of 284 million trips through the air.
According to IATA’s World Air Transport Statistics, The route from Seoul Gimpo to Jeju in South Korea remains the world’s busiest, carrying 14.5 million passengers in 2018, an increase of 7.6 per cent from 2017. Hong Kong to Taipei Taoyuan was the busiest international flight, on which 5.4 million passengers travelled in 2018.
Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO said “Airlines are connecting more people and places than ever before. The freedom to fly is more accessible than ever,”.
He added “And our world is a more prosperous place as a result. As with any human activity, this comes with an environmental cost that airlines are committed to reducing.
“We understand that sustainability is essential to our 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 critical for sustainable aviation fuels, new technology and more efficient routes to deliver the greener future we are aiming for.”
According to IATA, the smallest aviation market remains Africa, with a 2.1 per cent market share. African airlines carried 92 million passengers in 2018, up 5.5 per cent year-on-year. The biggest airlines in the world ranked by total passenger-kilometres flown remained American Airlines with 330.6 billion, followed by Delta with 330 billion and United Airlines with 329.6 billion.
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