Montreal : International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recently released the preliminary version of its 2015 Air Transport Yearly Monitor, indicating growth in traffic and capacity by markets and ranking global airlines and airports.
-Amongst the salient facts reported by the UN's agency for international civil aviation are the following:
-The world's top three airlines by revenue-passenger kilometres were all based in the United States, with American Airlines taking the top position.
-Emirates outranked Air France-KLM to take fourth place, thanks to growth of 8.8 per cent.
-The world's top three busiest airports by numbers of passengers were Atlanta (ATL), Beijing (PEK), and Dubai (DXB), in that order.
-Despite a decrease in the number of departures, Chicago (ORD) recorded 9.8 per cent growth in passenger numbers, making it the world's fourth busiest airport by the metric.
-At 2.2 per cent, growth in global freight traffic was less than half of that recorded in 2014 (4.9 per cent), reflecting stagnating world trade development.
-International passenger traffic grew by 6.7 per cent year-on-year in the year 2015, with the Middle East being the fastest growing region.
-The highest passenger load factor in ten years was recorded, reaching 80.2 per cent, despite an increase in capacity offered in all regions, thanks to air carrier optimization. North America recorded the highest load factor approximating 83.5 per cent.
-Worldwide, passenger traffic grew by 6.8 per cent in 2015 while available seat-kilometre capacity increased by 6.1 per cent.
These statistics were collated from ICAO's own resources and information provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Official Airline Guide (OAG), and airlines' websites.