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Value of Aviation

Aviation enables the free movement of people and goods around the globe. This year alone the global airline industry will transport 3.78 billion passengers and 52.7 million tons of cargo. 


Aviation is the Business of Freedom 

Aviation helps people live better lives and is a catalyst for prosperity. It plays a unique role in connecting business to markets, uniting family and friends, discovering new cultures and lands, bringing people together to solve problems, building understanding and developing global insights.​

To this end, IATA is actively promoting the value of aviation. Our goal is to partner with governments, businesses and consumers to create a shared understanding of the value that can be created from air travel - and how it can be enjoyed.

​Our hope is that this, in turn, will encourage governments to take a smarter regulation approach that maximizes aviation’s potential and allow it to fully contribute to world society as a force for good.

Fast Facts

  • Every day 104,000 flights will take off an over 10 million passengers travel
  • 62.7 million jobs supported by aviation worldwide
  • Aviation represents $2.7 trillion in global economic impact (including direct, indirect, induced and tourism catalytic)
  • 3.5% of global GDP is supported by aviation 
  • third of goods traded internationally are brought to market through air transport

Find out more on the Aviation Benefits Beyond Borders website.

Value for regions

Learn more about the value of aviation in all of our regions.

Value of Aviation campaign

To highlight the unique and vital role aviation plays in the world, we have created a series of six short video clips. View all the Value of Aviation campaign video clips and share them on social media!


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