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In this section, Statista presents the most relevant and up-to-date facts relating to passenger and cargo air traffic. The aviation industry comprises passenger airlines, freight forwarders and related infrastructure such as airports and warehouses.

In terms of brand value, the largest passenger airlines include Lufthansa, Emirates and Delta Air Lines. The latter is also the leading airline in terms of passenger traffic, while Emirates leads the list of cargo carriers, based on freight mileage. Ryanair and Southwest Airlines are the main players in the low-cost category, which is attracting a growing customer base. In this segment, many carriers charge for ancillary services to boost revenue.

The United States, Brazil, China and the European Union are ranked among the most important markets for air travel. The busiest airports are Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (IATA: ATL), handling over 90 million passengers annually, and Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG), where about four million tons of freight is loaded and unloaded per year. Air freight chiefly refers to dangerous items, animals and mail. Although speed is the great advantage of flying, the dramatic increase in fuel prices has caused the air freight market to decline significantly, and forced forwarders to turn to sea vessels and railroads when shipping heavy cargo.


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