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Airplanes. IATA: transport supports jobs and economic activity

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The global air transport sector supports 65.5 million jobs and $2.7 trillion in global economic activity, according to new research released today by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). 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. 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, over 12 million fewer jobs and $1.2 trillion less in economic activity would be supported by air transport.

Key facts outlined in "Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders", include:

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.

Below, the complete version of the report (88 pages).

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