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The graph depicts the projected annual growth rates for passenger and cargo air traffic from 2016 to 2035, broken down by region. By 2035, revenue passenger kilometers in Africa are expected to grow by 6.1 percent.


Forecast - passenger and air cargo traffic

As a result of increasingly affordable flight rates and cheaper oil prices, passenger and cargo air traffic are estimated to grow substantially through 2035. The Middle East is the region where passenger and cargo air traffic are forecast to experience the highest growth rates. Between 2016 and 2035, the airline industry is projected to increase its carriers' revenue passenger kilometers by about 4.8 percent and boost their revenue ton kilometers by around 4.7 percent between 2015 and 2034. Commercial airlines stand to greatly benefit from the increased passenger demand in global air traffic. In 2015, there was a 7.4 percent growth in global air traffic passenger demand. The same year, commercial airlines worldwide generated combined revenue of 718 billion U.S. dollars. The United States is home to the world’s busiest airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (IATA:ATL) handled more than 101 million passengers in 2015. Surprisingly, the United States scored a mere 6.1 in the 2016/2017 air traffic infrastructure quality ranking published by the World Economic Forum. Meanwhile, Singapore’s air traffic infrastructure received a rating of 6.8 on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the highest rating possible.

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