The UAE is the world’s second fastest growing market in terms of international and domestic passengers, according to figures published by International Air Transport Association (Iata).
Iata said airlines in the UAE carried 45.3 million passengers in 2013, an increase of 11.7% over the previous year.
China led the world with a slightly better 11.8% progress in 2013, carrying 404.2 million passengers.
The Iata’s Director General and CEO stated that the industry carried more than 3 billion passengers and practically 48 million tonnes of cargo on almost 100,000 flights each day, as the real price of air travel fell by 7.4%. Aviation’s yearly contribution surpasses even these inspiring figures. Its international economic impact is approximated at $2.4 trillion and it supports 3.4% of worldwide GDP. By value, over a third of goods traded globally are delivered by air and some 58.1 million employments are supported by aviation.
Airlines carried 3.129 billion travelers on scheduled services, an upsurge of 5.1% over 2012 with Asia-Pacific airlines carrying the largest number of travelers of any nation.
Europe carried 825.9 million travelers, rise to 3.4% over 2012; North America carried 818.9 million, up 0.7%; Latin America and the Caribbean carried 240.5 million, up 7.6%; Middle East flew 157.9 million persons, an upsurge of 8.8%; and Africa flew 73.8 million, an upsurge of 5.6%.
Airlines totaled over 1,100 direct airport-pair services and 600,000 frequencies in 2013, for a new total of 50,000 direct airport-pair services and 31.5 million frequencies.