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Value of Aviation

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Aviation enables the free movement of people and goods around the globe. This year alone, the global airline industry will transport more than 4 billion passengers and over 60 million tons of cargo.


Supporting over 65.5M jobs around the globe 

From delivering life-saving medicine to your family member to bringing the performers at an awe-inspiring concert, 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 as well as building understanding and developing global insights.​ Here are a few fast facts:

  • Every day 120,000 flights will take off and over 10 million passengers will travel
  • 65.5 million jobs are are supported by aviation worldwide
  • Aviation represents $2.7 trillion in global economic impact (including direct, indirect, induced and tourism catalytic)
  • 3.6% of global GDP is supported by aviation 
  • third of goods traded internationally are brought to market through air transport
  • 57% of world tourists arrive by air

Find out more through our partner ATAG on the Aviation Benefits Beyond Borders website.

How does aviation contribute to your region?

From island nations to landlocked regions and everywhere in between, air connectivity opens the doors to tourism, business, cultural exchange and a host of other opportunities. As a link to the world and its markets, efficient aviation infrastructure is vital for a successfuly economy.

See what value aviation brings to your region. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Supporting Sustainable Development Goals

Safe, reliable, efficient and cost-effective air transport is an essential component of a broader mobility strategy to help achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The global aviation sector has a role to play in 15 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, some in small ways and others with much more significant influence.

See the ways aviations contributes to the SDGs at: www.aviationbenefits.org/SDGs

Helping to connect and enrich the world

The International Air Transport Association (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 people around the world as a force for good. This is why we call it the Business of Freedom!

Learn more about IATA's role in air transport.


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