Air transport, passengers carried - Country Ranking

Definition: Air passengers carried include both domestic and international aircraft passengers 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 889,022,000.00 2018
2 China 611,439,800.00 2018
3 Ireland 167,598,600.00 2018
4 United Kingdom 165,388,600.00 2018
5 India 164,035,600.00 2018
6 Japan 126,387,500.00 2018
7 Turkey 115,595,500.00 2018
8 Indonesia 115,154,100.00 2018
9 Germany 109,796,200.00 2018
10 Brazil 102,110,000.00 2018
11 Russia 99,327,310.00 2018
12 United Arab Emirates 95,533,070.00 2018
13 Canada 89,380,000.00 2018
14 Korea 88,157,580.00 2018
15 Spain 80,672,100.00 2018
16 Thailand 76,053,040.00 2018
17 Australia 75,667,650.00 2018
18 France 70,188,030.00 2018
19 Mexico 64,569,640.00 2018
20 Malaysia 60,481,770.00 2018
21 Hong Kong SAR, China 47,101,820.00 2018
22 Vietnam 47,049,670.00 2018
23 Netherlands 43,996,040.00 2018
24 Philippines 43,080,120.00 2018
25 Singapore 40,401,520.00 2018
26 Saudi Arabia 39,141,660.00 2018
27 Colombia 33,704,040.00 2018
28 Hungary 31,226,850.00 2018
29 Qatar 29,178,920.00 2018
30 Switzerland 28,857,990.00 2018
31 Italy 27,630,440.00 2018
32 Iran 25,604,870.00 2018
33 South Africa 23,921,750.00 2018
34 Chile 19,517,180.00 2018
35 Argentina 18,081,940.00 2018
36 Peru 17,758,530.00 2018
37 Portugal 17,367,960.00 2018
38 New Zealand 17,249,050.00 2018
39 Greece 15,125,930.00 2018
40 Belgium 13,639,490.00 2018
41 Finland 13,364,840.00 2018
42 Panama 12,939,350.00 2018
43 Austria 12,935,510.00 2018
44 Egypt 12,340,830.00 2018
45 Norway 12,277,220.00 2004
46 Sweden 11,623,930.00 2004
47 Ethiopia 11,501,240.00 2018
48 Oman 10,438,240.00 2018
49 Poland 9,277,538.00 2018
50 Nigeria 8,169,193.00 2018
51 Morocco 8,132,917.00 2018
52 Ukraine 7,854,842.00 2018
53 Iceland 7,819,741.00 2018
54 Israel 7,404,373.00 2018
55 Kazakhstan 7,143,797.00 2018
56 Pakistan 6,880,637.00 2018
57 Kuwait 6,464,847.00 2018
58 Algeria 6,442,442.00 2018
59 Denmark 6,428,701.00 2004
60 Bangladesh 5,984,155.00 2018
61 Kenya 5,935,831.00 2018
62 Sri Lanka 5,882,376.00 2018
63 Bahrain 5,877,003.00 2018
64 Czech Republic 5,727,200.00 2018
65 Ecuador 5,365,261.00 2018
66 Romania 4,908,235.00 2018
67 Tunisia 4,274,199.00 2018
68 Bolivia 4,122,113.00 2018
69 Latvia 4,058,762.00 2018
70 Myanmar 3,407,789.00 2018
71 Jordan 3,383,805.00 2018
72 Nepal 3,296,953.00 2018
73 Macao SAR, China 3,157,724.00 2018
74 Uzbekistan 3,056,558.00 2018
75 Lebanon 2,981,937.00 2018
76 Belarus 2,760,168.00 2018
77 Malta 2,576,898.00 2018
78 El Salvador 2,545,105.00 2018
79 Trinidad and Tobago 2,525,130.00 2018
80 Turkmenistan 2,457,474.00 2018
81 Azerbaijan 2,279,546.00 2018
82 Serbia 2,262,703.00 2018
83 Venezuela 2,137,771.00 2018
84 Luxembourg 2,099,102.00 2018
85 Croatia 2,093,577.00 2018
86 Iraq 2,075,066.00 2018
87 Costa Rica 1,948,546.00 2018
88 Mauritius 1,745,291.00 2018
89 Afghanistan 1,722,613.00 2018
90 Fiji 1,670,216.00 2018
91 Angola 1,516,628.00 2018
92 Tanzania 1,481,557.00 2018
93 Cambodia 1,411,059.00 2018
94 Belize 1,297,533.00 2018
95 Lao PDR 1,251,962.00 2018
96 Brunei 1,234,455.00 2018
97 The Bahamas 1,197,116.00 2018
98 Moldova 1,135,999.00 2018
99 Slovenia 1,094,762.00 2018
100 Rwanda 1,073,528.00 2018
101 Bulgaria 1,022,645.00 2018
102 Papua New Guinea 964,713.00 2018
103 Dem. Rep. Congo 932,043.40 2018
104 Libya 927,153.90 2018
105 Côte d'Ivoire 779,482.00 2018
106 Kyrgyz Republic 709,198.90 2018
107 Mongolia 670,360.00 2018
108 Namibia 602,893.00 2018
109 Antigua and Barbuda 580,174.20 2018
110 Togo 566,295.00 2018
111 Montenegro 565,522.00 2018
112 Uruguay 563,632.00 2009
113 Cuba 560,754.30 2018
114 Paraguay 560,631.00 2018
115 Madagascar 541,290.00 2018
116 Mozambique 540,124.00 2018
117 Georgia 516,034.00 2018
118 Tajikistan 492,320.00 2018
119 Ghana 467,438.00 2018
120 Equatorial Guinea 466,435.10 2018
121 Seychelles 455,201.00 2018
122 Mauritania 454,435.70 2018
123 Solomon Islands 427,806.00 2018
124 Honduras 411,989.00 2018
125 Cyprus 401,408.00 2018
126 Vanuatu 374,603.00 2018
127 Yemen 336,310.00 2018
128 Congo 333,899.00 2018
129 Albania 303,137.00 2018
130 Zimbabwe 282,539.00 2018
131 Bhutan 275,849.00 2018
132 Suriname 272,347.00 2018
133 Sudan 269,958.50 2018
134 Cameroon 265,136.00 2018
135 Botswana 253,417.00 2018
136 Jamaica 180,951.30 2018
137 Burkina Faso 151,531.00 2018
138 Guatemala 145,795.00 2018
139 Cabo Verde 140,429.00 2018
140 Samoa 137,770.00 2018
141 Djibouti 130,500.00 1991
142 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 103,560.00 2018
143 Eritrea 102,729.00 2018
144 Eswatini 89,791.00 2000
145 North Macedonia 86,868.00 2009
146 Gabon 77,320.00 2016
147 Tonga 75,416.00 2004
148 Kiribati 66,567.00 2018
149 Nicaragua 61,031.00 2000
150 Guinea 58,500.00 1999
151 The Gambia 53,735.00 2018
152 São Tomé and Principe 50,716.00 2009
153 Sierra Leone 50,193.00 2012
154 Central African Republic 46,364.00 2001
155 Nauru 45,457.00 2018
156 Liberia 32,000.00 1992
157 Estonia 31,981.00 2018
158 Chad 28,332.00 2014
159 Comoros 27,300.00 1996
160 Guyana 26,069.00 2018
161 Lithuania 26,031.00 2018
162 Uganda 21,537.00 2018
163 Senegal 21,038.00 2018
164 Guinea-Bissau 20,400.00 1998
165 Syrian Arab Republic 17,896.92 2018
166 Niger 14,713.00 2017
167 Burundi 12,000.00 1998
168 Dominican Republic 11,903.00 2016
169 Malawi 10,545.00 2018
170 Zambia 8,904.00 2018
171 Slovak Republic 7,925.00 2017
172 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7,071.00 2015
173 Somalia 4,486.00 2018
174 Lesotho 1,300.00 1999
175 Benin 899.00 2016
176 Monaco 316.00 2018
177 Haiti 0.00 1991
177 Mali 0.00 2014
177 Barbados 0.00 1991
177 Armenia 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: The air transport data represent the total (international and domestic) scheduled traffic carried by the air carriers registered in a country. Countries submit air transport data to International 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: 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. The number of passengers carried is obtained by counting each passenger on a particular flight (with one flight number) once only and not repeatedly on each individual stage of that flight, with a single exception that a passenger flying on both the international and domestic stages of the same flight should be counted as both a domestic and an international passenger.

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual