Connecting The World: Research Details The Power Of Aviation
Connecting the world.
The global air transport sector supports 65.5 million jobs and $2.7 trillion in global economic activity, according to new research released by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG).
"Let’s take a step back and think about how advances in air transport have changed the way people and businesses connect with each other - the reach we have today is extraordinary. More people in more parts of the world than ever before are taking advantage of safe, fast and efficient travel," says ATAG Executive Director Michael Gill.
The report, Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders, explores the fundamental role civil aviation plays for today’s society and addresses the economic, social and environmental impacts of this global industry.
"There are over 10 million women and men working within the industry to make sure 120,000 flights and 12 million passengers a day are guided safely through their journeys,” Gill added.
“The wider supply chain, flow-on impacts and jobs in tourism made possible by air transport show that at least 65.5 million jobs and 3.6% of global economic activity are supported by our industry."
The report also looks at two future scenarios for growth in air traffic and related jobs and economic benefits. With an open, free-trade approach, the growth in air transport will support some 97.8 million jobs and $5.7 trillion in economic activity in 2036.
However, if governments create a more fragmented world with isolationism and protectionist policies, the research predicts that over 12 million fewer jobs and $1.2 trillion less in economic activity would be supported by air transport.
"By working with one another, learning from each other’s cultures and trading openly, we not only create a stronger economic outlook, but we also continue the conditions for peaceful interaction across the globe. Aviation is the key driver for this positive connectivity."
Air transport supports 65.5 million jobs and $2.7 trillion in global economic activity.
Over 10 million people work directly for the industry itself.
Air travel carries 35% of world trade by value ($6.0 trillion worth in 2017), but less than 1% by volume (62 million tonnes in 2017).
Airfares today are around 90% lower than the same journey would have cost in 1950 – this has enabled access to air travel by greater sections of the population.
If aviation was a country, it would have the 20th largest economy in the world – around the same size as Switzerland or Argentina.
Aviation jobs are, on average, 4.4 times more productive than other jobs in the economy.
Scope of the industry: 1,303 airlines fly 31,717 aircraft on 45,091 routes between 3,759 airports in airspace managed by 170 air navigation service providers.
57% of world tourists travel to their destinations by air.
Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association , said: "Airlines empower people’s lives and turbo-charge the global economy through a worldwide network that safely carries more than 4 billion passengers and 62 million tonnes of freight each year. In challenging political, economic and environmental times, the ability of aviation – the business of freedom – to sustainably connect cultures and spread prosperity beyond borders has never been more important."
The report, which can be downloaded here, was prepared by ATAG along with other aviation industry associations and builds on extensive research by Oxford.