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Annual growth in global air traffic passenger demand from 2005 to 2013

 Percentage growth
2005 7.1%
2006 5.6%
2007 8.8%
2008 1.5%
2009 -1.4%
2010 8.1%
2011 6.1%
2012 4.6%
2013* 5.1%
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This statistic represents the annual growth in global air traffic passenger demand between 2005 and 2013. In 2006, global air traffic passenger demand increased by around 5.2 percent on the year before.


Annual growth in global air traffic passenger demand

On a global scale, passenger air travel is expected to maintain positive growth rates up to 2030, despite a number of challenges faced by the industry: Airlines around the world are struggling with high jet fuel prices and sluggish economic growth. However, these difficult economic conditions are predicted to be offset by an increase in passenger figures, which in turn is projected to translate into improved financial performance of the airline sector. It is believed that the global aviation industry will reach 7.5 billion US dollars in profits in 2013, up from about 4.6 billion US dollars in 2009. Between 2013 and 2023, the number of airline passengers is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of four percent.

Low-cost carriers and regional airlines have revolutionized the airline business with the introduction of innovative low-fare business models. Notwithstanding the fact that airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair have steadily eaten into the market share of major transportation companies, Georgia-based Delta Air Lines remained the leading airline in terms of passenger miles flown in 2012, followed by United/Continental, Southwest, American Airways and Lufthansa. Aviation demand is set to be fuelled by the rising affluence of the middle classes in emerging markets. Consequently, the air traffic industry is forecast to grow most significantly in Latin America, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. In 2012, the airports in Atlanta (IATA: ATL), Beijing (IATA: PEK) and London (IATA: LHR) were ranked as the three major airports for passenger traffic.

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