Air transport, registered carrier departures worldwide - Country Ranking

Definition: Registered carrier departures worldwide are domestic takeoffs and takeoffs abroad of air carriers registered in the country.

Source: International Civil Aviation Organization, Civil Aviation Statistics of the World and ICAO staff estimates.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 United States 9,879,630.00 2018
2 China 4,692,008.00 2018
3 Canada 1,475,063.00 2018
4 United Kingdom 1,242,985.00 2018
5 India 1,200,111.00 2018
6 Japan 999,594.00 2018
7 Indonesia 959,307.40 2018
8 Ireland 935,961.00 2018
9 Germany 922,648.60 2018
10 Russia 885,094.00 2018
11 Brazil 832,683.00 2018
12 Turkey 772,925.60 2018
13 Australia 665,384.00 2018
14 Spain 641,020.00 2018
15 France 597,412.00 2018
16 Mexico 590,727.00 2018
17 Korea 526,374.00 2018
18 Malaysia 476,733.00 2018
19 Thailand 475,886.50 2018
20 United Arab Emirates 455,957.00 2018
21 Colombia 358,847.00 2018
22 Netherlands 325,942.30 2018
23 Philippines 292,450.00 2018
24 Vietnam 283,787.00 2018
25 Italy 256,596.00 2018
26 Saudi Arabia 254,063.80 2018
27 Norway 254,045.00 2004
28 Hong Kong SAR, China 245,146.00 2018
29 Iran 228,803.60 2018
30 Switzerland 219,782.00 2018
31 Singapore 208,787.00 2018
32 Qatar 197,811.00 2018
33 Sweden 190,315.00 2004
34 New Zealand 187,851.00 2018
35 Hungary 183,541.00 2018
36 Portugal 182,753.00 2018
37 South Africa 180,317.20 2018
38 Argentina 161,688.00 2018
39 Greece 144,040.00 2018
40 Peru 141,025.40 2018
41 Belgium 140,674.00 2018
42 Kenya 137,602.20 2018
43 Chile 134,661.00 2018
44 Austria 130,260.00 2018
45 Finland 125,804.00 2018
46 Belize 125,681.70 2018
47 Poland 123,903.00 2018
48 Panama 119,148.00 2018
49 Ethiopia 110,971.00 2018
50 Egypt 104,473.00 2018
51 Bangladesh 101,383.50 2018
52 Denmark 99,598.00 2004
53 Kazakhstan 83,287.00 2018
54 Morocco 80,154.00 2018
55 Nigeria 77,482.73 2018
56 Algeria 77,463.00 2018
57 Oman 76,672.00 2018
58 Nepal 71,908.00 2018
59 Ukraine 66,712.00 2018
60 Myanmar 64,397.96 2018
61 Bahrain 57,094.00 2018
62 The Bahamas 56,629.46 2018
63 Bolivia 56,592.00 2018
64 Romania 55,637.00 2018
65 Iceland 54,653.30 2018
66 Latvia 54,356.00 2018
67 Israel 53,901.00 2018
68 Ecuador 53,033.00 2018
69 Luxembourg 51,824.00 2018
70 Tanzania 51,577.00 2018
71 Czech Republic 50,694.00 2018
72 Pakistan 48,542.00 2018
73 Kuwait 46,450.00 2018
74 Papua New Guinea 41,545.17 2018
75 Tunisia 41,446.00 2018
76 Costa Rica 39,730.00 2018
77 Jordan 36,127.00 2018
78 Sri Lanka 34,425.00 2018
79 Trinidad and Tobago 32,770.00 2018
80 Belarus 31,676.00 2018
81 Serbia 28,160.00 2018
82 El Salvador 27,601.00 2018
83 Croatia 27,189.00 2018
84 Lebanon 25,740.00 2018
85 Venezuela 24,986.00 2018
86 Afghanistan 24,433.45 2018
87 Macao SAR, China 24,411.00 2018
88 Fiji 24,134.00 2018
89 Antigua and Barbuda 23,206.97 2018
90 Uzbekistan 21,514.00 2018
91 Iraq 21,071.00 2018
92 Malta 20,903.00 2018
93 Azerbaijan 19,960.00 2018
94 Equatorial Guinea 19,549.22 2018
95 Seychelles 18,671.00 2018
96 Dem. Rep. Congo 18,612.20 2018
97 Slovenia 18,444.00 2018
98 Rwanda 18,439.00 2018
99 Turkmenistan 18,184.00 2018
100 Kyrgyz Republic 16,344.37 2018
101 Côte d'Ivoire 15,188.00 2018
102 Mauritius 14,940.00 2018
103 Honduras 14,832.00 2018
104 Namibia 14,543.00 2018
105 Cambodia 14,387.00 2018
106 Ghana 14,373.00 2018
107 Solomon Islands 14,365.00 2018
108 Angola 13,978.00 2018
109 Moldova 13,590.00 2018
110 Vanuatu 11,723.00 2018
111 Togo 11,559.00 2018
112 Bulgaria 11,435.00 2018
113 Brunei 11,310.00 2018
114 Mozambique 10,479.00 2018
115 Lao PDR 10,172.84 2018
116 Madagascar 10,170.00 2018
117 Cuba 8,733.67 2018
118 Uruguay 8,731.00 2009
119 Congo 8,439.00 2018
120 Mongolia 7,777.00 2018
121 Libya 7,412.43 2018
122 Georgia 7,108.00 2018
123 Montenegro 6,887.00 2018
124 Samoa 6,848.00 2018
125 Botswana 6,774.00 2018
126 Mauritania 5,636.84 2018
127 Cameroon 5,550.00 2018
128 Cyprus 5,456.00 2018
129 Tonga 5,255.00 2004
130 Bhutan 5,187.00 2018
131 Kiribati 5,005.00 2018
132 Uganda 4,832.00 2018
133 Burkina Faso 4,270.00 2018
134 Paraguay 4,215.00 2018
135 Tajikistan 4,021.00 2018
136 Djibouti 3,900.00 1991
137 Zimbabwe 3,444.00 2018
138 Suriname 3,225.00 2018
139 Guatemala 3,205.00 2018
140 Sudan 3,170.00 2018
141 Albania 2,935.00 2018
142 Eswatini 2,586.00 2000
143 Lithuania 2,375.00 2018
144 Yemen 2,342.00 2018
145 Malawi 2,327.00 2018
146 Gabon 2,305.00 2016
147 Liberia 2,200.00 1992
148 Sierra Leone 2,145.00 2012
149 Guyana 1,931.00 2018
150 Cabo Verde 1,546.00 2018
151 Burundi 1,400.00 1998
152 North Macedonia 1,389.00 2009
153 Jamaica 1,215.27 2018
154 Guinea-Bissau 1,200.00 1998
155 Dominican Republic 1,170.00 2016
156 São Tomé and Principe 1,143.00 2009
157 Comoros 1,100.00 1996
158 Senegal 1,087.00 2018
159 Eritrea 919.00 2018
160 Nauru 842.00 2018
161 Haiti 800.00 1991
162 Estonia 790.00 2018
163 Zambia 734.00 2018
164 Central African Republic 716.00 2001
165 Barbados 700.00 1991
166 The Gambia 625.00 2018
167 Guinea 600.00 1999
168 Niger 471.00 2017
169 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 460.00 2018
170 Nicaragua 452.00 2000
171 Lesotho 200.00 1999
172 Syrian Arab Republic 167.75 2018
173 Somalia 98.00 2018
174 Bosnia and Herzegovina 81.00 2015
175 Chad 72.00 2014
176 Slovak Republic 51.00 2017
177 Benin 10.00 2016
178 Monaco 3.00 2018
179 Armenia 0.00 2014
179 Mali 0.00 2014

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Development Relevance: Transport infrastructure - highways, railways, ports and waterways, and airports and air traffic control systems - and the services that flow from it are crucial to the activities of households, producers, and governments. Because performance indicators vary widely by transport mode and focus (whether physical infrastructure or the services flowing from that infrastructure), highly specialized and carefully specified indicators are required to measure a country's transport infrastructure. The air transport industry a vital engine of global socio-economic growth. It is of vital importance for economic development, creating direct and indirect employment, supporting tourism and local businesses, and stimulating foreign investment and international trade. Economic growth, technological change, market liberalization, the growth of low cost carriers, airport congestion, oil prices and other trends affect commercial aviation throughout the world.

Limitations and Exceptions: Countries submit air transport data to Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on the basis of standard instructions and definitions issued by ICAO. In many cases, however, the data include estimates by ICAO for nonreporting carriers. Where possible, these estimates are based on previous submissions supplemented by information published by the air carriers, such as flight schedules. The data cover the air traffic carried on scheduled services, but changes in air transport regulations in Europe have made it more difficult to classify traffic as scheduled or nonscheduled. Thus recent increases shown for some European countries may be due to changes in the classification of air traffic rather than actual growth. In the case of multinational air carriers owned by partner States, traffic within each partner State is shown separately as domestic and all other traffic as international. "Foreign" cabotage traffic (i.e. traffic carried between city-pairs in a State other than the one where the reporting carrier has its principal place of business) is shown as international traffic. A technical stop does not result in any flight stage being classified differently than would have been the case had the technical stop not been made. For countries with few air carriers or only one, the addition or discontinuation of a home-based air carrier may cause significant changes in air traffic. Data for transport sectors are not always internationally comparable. Unlike for demographic statistics, national income accounts, and international trade data, the collection of infrastructure data has not been "internationalized."

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The air transport data represent the total (international and domestic) scheduled traffic carried by the air carriers registered in a country. For statistical uses, departures are equal to the number of landings made or flight stages flown. A flight stage is the operation of an aircraft from take-off to its next landing. A flight stage is classified as either international or domestic. International flight stage is one or both terminals in the territory of a State, other than the State in which the air carrier has its principal place of business. Domestic flight stage is not classifiable as international. Domestic flight stages include all flight stages flown between points within the domestic boundaries of a State by an air carrier whose principal place of business is in that State. Flight stages between a State and territories belonging to it, as well as any flight stages between two such territories, should be classified as domestic. This applies even though a stage may cross international waters or over the territory of another State.

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual