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Countries with the highest efficiency in air transport services 2019

In 2019, Singapore was the most efficient country in air transport services with a 6.7 rating, which is measured based on the scale of one to seven. Singapore is known internationally for its leading position in the transportation industry.

Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore Changi Airport is one of the largest transportation hubs in Asia. The airport was ranked by Skytrax as the world’s best airport between 2013 and 2018. Between 2010 and 2019, the number of passengers arriving at Changi Airport increased continuously, reaching over 34 million people. During that same period, the number of passengers in transit at Changi Airport declined from over 1.1 million travelers to roughly 0.7 million people. The number of aircraft departures from Changi Airport in Singapore grew from over 131,000 in 2010 to over 191,000 aircraft in 2019. This indicates how well the Changi Airport has kept the quality of transportation while achieving higher efficiency in handling passengers or cargo.

Global air cargo

Between 2004 and 2018, the worldwide air freight traffic increased by roughly 54 percent, reaching over 63 million metric tons in 2018. During the same period, the worldwide revenue of cargo airlines grew exponentially, up from 66 billion U.S. dollars in 2004 to 111 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. Except for the Middle East, the growth in cargo traffic worldwide was positive in 2018. For instance, cargo traffic growth rate at African airports was the highest globally, around ten percent. As an international high export-oriented country, China’s air cargo volume between 2008 and 2018 increased continuously, almost doubled in size. In 2019, North American air cargo fleet held the most air freighters globally. When it comes to the leading firms, DHL Supply Chain & Global Forwarding was the leading airfreight forwarder based on the volume of freight.

Ranking of the most efficient countries in air transport services in 2019

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October 2019



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The source provides the following question and statement on the points rating: In your country, how efficient are air transport services? [1 = extremely inefficient—among the worst in the world; 7 = extremely efficient—among the best in the world].

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