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Freight/Passengers Carried (1980-2008)



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The World Development Indicators (WDI) are the primary World Bank database for development data from officially-recognized international sources. For air transport, the database includes indicators for global Air Freight, Passengers Carried, and Registered Carrier Departures, etc.

The chart above shows the trend for the world’s air transport development in freight and passengers carried since the 1980s. Over the decades, the air transport industry has experienced several economic downturns, yet it grew by an average of around 5 percent per year during the past 30 years. In 2008, 2.05 billion passengers and 124,557 million ton-kilometers of freight were transported by air. Data for individual countries indicate that about 50% of the air traffic flow was accounted for by the United States, China and Germany.

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