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World's Top 5 Airlines and Airports in 2018

World's Top 5 Airlines

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released performance figures for 2018, revealing total number of passengers flew in 2018 as well as top airlines, airports and airline alliances.

The IATA World Air Transport Statistics (2019 WATS) confirms that:

"Airlines are connecting more people and places than ever before. The freedom to fly is more accessible than ever. And our world is a more prosperous place as a result. As with any human activity this comes with an environmental cost that airlines are committed to reducing. We understand that sustainability is essential to our license to spread aviation’s benefits. From 2020 we will cap net carbon emissions growth. And, by 2050, we will cut our net carbon footprint to half 2005 levels. This ambitious climate action goal needs government support. It is critical for sustainable aviation fuels, new technology and more efficient routes to deliver the greener future we are aiming for," said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Highlights of the 2018 airline industry performance:

Passenger

Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once again carried the largest number of passengers systemwide. The regional rankings (based on total passengers carried on scheduled services by airlines registered in that region) are:

  1. Asia-Pacific1% market share (1.6 billion passengers, an increase of 9.2% compared to the region’s passengers in 2017) 
  2. Europe2% market share (1.1 billion passengers, up 6.6% over 2017) 
  3. North America 6% market share (989.4 million passengers, up 4.8% over 2017)
  4. Latin America9% market share (302.2 million passengers, up 5.7% over 2017)
  5. Middle East1 % market share (224.2 million passengers, an increase of 4.0% over 2017) 
  6. Africa1% market share (92 million passengers, up 5.5% over 2017). 

The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passenger kilometers flown, were:

  1. American Airlines (330.6 billion)
  2. Delta Air Lines (330 billion) 
  3. United Airlines (329.6 billion)
  4. Emirates (302.3 billion)
  5. Southwest Airlines (214.6 billion)

The top five international/regional passenger airport-pairs** were all within the Asia-Pacific region again this year:

  1. Hong Kong - Taipei Taoyuan (5.4 million, down 0.4% from 2017) 
  2. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi - Hong Kong (3.4 million, increased 8.8% from 2017)
  3. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta - Singapore Changi (3.2 million, decreased 3.3% from 2017)
  4. Seoul-Incheon - Osaka-Kansai (2.9 million, an increase of 16.5% from 2017)
  5. Kuala Lumpur–International – Singapore Changi (2.8 million, up 2.1% from 2017)

The top five domestic passenger airport-pairs were also all in the Asia-Pacific region:

  1. Jeju - Seoul Gimpo (14.5 million, up 7.6% over 2017)
  2. Fukuoka - Tokyo Haneda (7.6 million, an increase of 0.9% from 2017) 
  3. Melbourne-Tullamarine - Sydney (7.6 million, down 2.1% from 2017)
  4. Sapporo - Tokyo-Haneda (7.3 million, decreased by 1.5% from 2017) 
  5. Beijing Capital - Shanghai Hongqiao (6.4 million, up 0.4% from 2017)

The top five nationalities*** traveling (international routes) are: 

Cargo 

The top five airlines ranked by scheduled freight tonne kilometers flown were:

Airline Alliances