Globally, aviation ​supports 65.5 million jobs and has an economic impact of US$2.7 trillion representing 3.6% of global GDP.

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Fast facts - Africa

2017 Figures
Jobs supported by aviation6.2 million jobs
Total GDP supported by aviation$55.8 billion
$35.9 billion
Annual passengers98 million
2%
Annual air freight​​968,000 tonnes

Sources: IATA/ATAG

Key challenges

Better connectivity

Implementing the Yamoussoukro Decision will Transform Intra-African Air Connectivity. A report by independent economic consultants InterVISTAS outlines the benefits that would accrue if 12 African nations were to implement the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision.

The Yamoussoukro Decision committed 44 signatory countries to deregulating air services and to opening regional air markets to transnational competition. The implementation of this agreement, however, has been slow, and the benefits have not been realized.

Intra-African liberalization

The additional services generated by intra- African liberalization between just 12 key markets will provide an extra 155,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in annual GDP. A potential five million passengers a year are being denied the chance to travel between these markets because of unnecessary restrictions on establishing air routes.

Aviation already supports over 6 million jobs and more than $50 billion in GDP across Africa. The InterVISTAS research demonstrates that liberalization will create opportunities for further significant employment growth and economic development.

Read more on the benefits of the Yamoussoukro Decision (pdf) and the Single African Air Transport Market (pdf).

The jobs and GDP impact for the 12 countries in the study are listed in the table below.​

Nation Additional EmploymentAdditional gdp (usd millions)
Algeria11,100123.6
Angola15,300137.1
Egypt11,300114.2
Ethiopia 14,80059.8
Ghana 9,50046.8
Kenya​15,90076.9
Namibia10,60094.2
​Nigeria17,400​128.2
​Senegal​8,000​40.5
​South Africa ​14,500​283.9
Tunisia​8,100​113.7
Uganda ​18,600 77.6

The study clearly highlights the crucial role air transport plays in driving economic and social development in Africa through enhanced connectivity. Governments should support the growth of the industry by fully liberalizing African skies as intended by the Yamoussoukro Decision.


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2017 Figures
Jobs supported by aviation30.2 million jobs
Total GDP supported by aviation$684 billion
$287.8 billion
Annual passengers1.5 billion
37%
Annual air freight22.2 million tonnes

Sources: IATA/ATAG






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Key challenges

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to achieve unprecedented long term growth in aviation. Over half of new passengers expected globally over the next 20 years will come from this region. Given that aviation is a catalyst for economic growth, this spells good news for the continent. However, significant investment in infrastructure and technology, in tandem with implementation of smart regulations from State governments, will be required to fully reap the benefits of this aviation growth.

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2017 Figures
Jobs supported by aviation12.2 million jobs
Total GDP supported by aviation$823 billion
$293.6 billion
Annual passengers1 billion
26%
Annual air freight​​10.1 million tonnes

Sources: IATA/ATAG

Key challenges

Airspace modernization in Europe will create massive benefits for Europe’s citizens. But progress towards a Single European Sky has been slow. To make progress without delay, we urgently need European nations, together with air navigation service providers and airlines, to develop National Airspace Strategies. See our video and read some of the information below for more details.


A report from SEO Amsterdam Economics Research has calculated that the European economy will be boosted by EUR245 billion in 2035 if European airspace is modernized. The report calculates the impact if the inefficiencies in European air traffic management (ATM), which include unnecessary route extensions of up to 50km and delays of around 10 minutes per flight, were eliminated. Europe has had a long-standing program, the Single European Sky (SES), aimed at eliminating these inefficiencies. Its targets include a reduction in environmental impact of 10%, a threefold increase in capacity, and a reduction of costs of 50%.

This project, however, is much delayed and is suffering from a lack of political leadership at national level. IATA has commissioned the SEO report to create a new momentum for delivering the SES goals. The aim is to involve stakeholder groups in key European markets who would particularly stand to benefit from the economic boost generated by a modernized ATM.

These groups include the hospitality and tourism sectors, the knowledge economy, trades unions, cultural and educational representatives as well as manufacturing and service exporters. It is hoped that together, the case can be made to re-invigorate the process of European ATM reform and modernization. The report & infographic are below.


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Fast facts - LATAM & Caribbean

2017 Figures
Jobs supported by aviation7.2 million jobs
Total GDP supported by aviation$156 billion
$64.7 billion
Annual passengers316 million
8%
Annual air freight​​2.1 million tonnes

Sources: IATA/ATAG



The Caribbean is heavily reliant on tourism for its economic health. The vast majority of tourists arriving in the region travel by air. Supporting air connectivity is therefore a vote for a prosperous future.
But this is not a textbook exercise. The impact of a new air services is grounded in reality. It gives small businesses—bars, restaurants, shops, and family-run hotels—the tools to thrive. It gives individuals a job and the means to pay their bills.

Caribbean States should not be limiting the potential of air connectivity. Rather, they should be providing a regulatory environment, nationally and regionally, that allows airlines to unlock the true potential of the region, and of the people living in it.

The study below provides clear guidelines on how to achieve such a robust platform for growth. It explains why this is desirable, backed up by figures and analysis.

Air connectivity is an economic enabler. It can enrich the future for a government or for citizens.
Read the full study: A blueprint for maximising the social and economic value of aviation in the Caribbean (pdf)

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Fast facts - Middle East

2017 Figures
Jobs supported by aviation2.4 million jobs
Total GDP supported by aviation$130 billion
$66 billion
Annual passengers172 million
4%
Annual air freight​​7.2 million tonnes

Sources: IATA/ATAG

Key challenges

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Fast facts - North America

2017 Figures
Jobs supported by aviation7.3 million jobs
Total GDP supported by aviation$844 billion
$149.7 billion
Annual passengers939 million
23%
Annual air freight​​19.2 million tonnes

Sources: IATA/ATAG

Key challenges

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