Global air traffic - annual growth of passenger demand 2006-2021

This statistic represents the annual growth in global air traffic passenger demand between 2006 and 2021. In 2019, global air traffic passenger demand increased by 4.2 percent on the year before. In 2020, due to the coronavirus outbreak, traffic is projected to decrease with 54.2 percent.

Annual growth in global air traffic passenger demand overshadowed by the coronavirus outbreak

On a global scale, passenger air travel was expected to maintain positive growth rates in 2020, 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, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus put everyone's plans on hold. These difficult economic conditions are predicted to offset the aviation industry by a 54.2 percent drop in passenger figures, which in turn is projected to translate into the first negative financial performance of the airline sector since 2009. It is believed that the global aviation industry will experience an astounding 84.3 billion U.S. dollars in net profit loss in 2020 from 26.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.

The outlook of the industry is delicate. Aviation demand was set to be fueled by the rising affluence of the middle classes in emerging markets. Air traffic was forecast to grow most significantly in Latin America and Africa, but these regions are also most likely to suffer from health crisis caused by the outbreak.

Annual growth in global air traffic passenger demand from 2006 to 2021

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2006 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Data based on revenue passenger kilometers.
* This figure was taken from a previous edition which was released prior to the coronavirus outbreak and can be accessed here.
** Forecast
Figures prior to 2015 were taken from previous reports.

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