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Value of Aviation

This year the global airline industry will transport 3.78 billion passengers and 52.7 million tons of cargo. Worldwide, aviation supports jobs for 63 million people. It is the means to market for a third of the goods traded internationally.

Aviation also plays a unique role in connecting business to markets, uniting family and friends, bringing people together to solve problems, build understanding and develop 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.

Value of Aviation campaign

Aviation is a catalyst for prosperity. We call it the business of freedom because it helps people to live better lives. To highlight this unique and vital role, we have created a series of six short video clips.  Access/download all Value of Aviation campaign video clips and share them on Social Media!


 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

Find out more on the Aviation Benefits Beyond Borders website

Value for regions and countries

Africa Europe Latin America ASPAC Caribbean Country Reports

 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.

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 6.9 million jobs and more than $80 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)
Ethiopia 14,80059.8
Ghana 9,50046.8
​South Africa ​14,500​283.9
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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