Premium travel yields, China growth are highlights of 2012 airline performance

Issues & Trends – July 2013

Premium travel yields, China growth are highlights of 2012 airline performance

PREMIUM travel accounted for only seven per cent of international airline passengers but contributed 27 per cent of carriers’ revenues in 2012.

And premium travel yields “were more robust than for the economy segment”, reports the latest edition of IATA’s World Air Transport Statistics (WATS).

The statistics provided in the 57th Edition of this yearbook of the global airline industry and IATA members’ performance provide a snapshot of 2012 performance, including the following:

• The continuing emergence of China as an aviation power was reflected in China Southern Airlines reaching fifth position among airlines ranked by total scheduled passengers carried. China Southern (86.3 million passengers) was outranked only by four US airlines – Delta Air Lines (116.7 million), Southwest Airlines (112.2 million), United Airlines (92.6 million) and American Airlines (86.3 million).

• China was also the top country in the Asia Pacific region for passengers carried (361.4 million). The other top countries by region based on passengers carried were for Africa: South Africa (20.4 million); Europe: UK (171.5 million); Latin America and Caribbean: Brazil (88.9 million); Middle East: United Arab Emirates (40.6 million); North America: US (598.2 million). The United States continues to be the largest single market for air travel.

• Star Alliance maintained its position as the largest airline alliance in 2012 with 25.2 per cent of the total IATA scheduled traffic (measured in revenue passenger kilometres), followed by SkyTeam (19.8 per cent) and oneworld (14.1 per cent).

• Airlines based in the Asia Pacific region carried the most passengers last year (947.9 million), followed by carriers in North America (808.1 million), Europe (780.6 million), Latin America (226.5 million), Middle East (144.1 million) and Africa (69.8 million).

• Countries with high year-over-year increase in passenger growth included Indonesia (18.2 per cent), Thailand (17.7 per cent) and Turkey (16.7 per cent).

• The top three city-pairs based on passengers carried on international routes were: Hong Kong-Taipei (5.5 million), Seoul-Tokyo (3.6 million) and Kuala Lumpur-Singapore (3.4 million).

• The top three city-pairs based on passengers carried on domestic routes were Jeju-Seoul (9.5 million), Sapporo-Tokyo (8.8 million) and Fukuoka-Tokyo (7.6 million). 

• System wide, airlines carried 2.977 billion passengers on scheduled services.



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