Air traffic - worldwide revenue with passengers 2005-2020

The statistic represents global revenue generated by commercial airlines from passenger travel in air traffic from 2005 to 2020. Worldwide, commercial airlines' passengers air traffic revenue is estimated to come to around 567 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.

Worldwide revenue with passengers in air traffic

The year 2009 heralded an era of prosperity for the commercial aviation industry. Between 2009 and 2019, air passenger revenue in the global aviation industry grew from about 374 billion U.S. dollars to around 561 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. Aviation demand is set to be fueled by a growing customer base in emerging markets. Consequently, the air traffic industry is forecast to add passenger revenue streams, with the largest chunk coming from activities in Latin America, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. In the Middle East, revenue passenger kilometers are set to grow by 5.1 percent between 2019 and 2038. Based on passenger traffic, Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB, ICAO: OMDB) was the world’s third busiest airport in 2018.

Although not often feted for its innovative excellence, the aviation industry has seen a couple of major changes over the past decade, including consolidation, as well as the emergence of regional and (ultra) low-cost carriers. While Ryanair and Southwest Airlines are the main carriers in the low-cost category, several new players, such as Iceland’s WOW Air, are on the horizon. As of June 2014, the airline Firefly, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, was the cheapest airline in the world.

Worldwide revenue with passengers in air traffic from 2005 to 2020

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* 2019 figure is an estimate.
** 2020 figure is a forecast.
Figures prior to 2014 taken from previous reports.

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