• Air transport covers the shortest distance between two points, generally 30% shorter than the same route taken by a form of land transport.
• Aviation boasts high occupancy rates exceed 75%, compared to 40-50% for trains and 30% for Cars.
• Aviation now transports over 2.2 billion passengers annually.
• 40% of international tourists now travel by air.
• The world's 2,092 airlines have a total fleet of nearly 23,000 aircraft.
• Air transport pays over US$40 billion annually to use its infrastructure - airport and air navigation services - through specific landing, passenger and air traffic control fees.
• Over the past 40 years, emissions of hydrocarbons from aviation have been reduced by 90%.
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• Aviation's global economic impact is estimated at US$3.5 trillion, equivalent to 8% of world Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
• The air transport industry generates a total of 32 million jobs globally.
• In Europe, more than 7.5 million jobs depend on air transport.
• Air transport is responsible for 40% of inter-regional exported goods (by value).
• 25% of all companies' sales are dependent on air transport.
• 70% of businesses report that serving a bigger market is a key benefit of using air services.
Aircraft Fuel Efficient than Car!
• Modern aircraft achieve fuel efficiencies of 3.5 liters per 100 passenger-kilometers.
• The next generation aircraft (Airbus A380 & Boeing 787) use less than 3 liters of fuel per 100 passenger-kilometers (78 passenger-miles per US gallon). This exceeds the efficiency of any modern compact car on the market.
• Fuel prices now represent the largest share of airlines’ operational costs, reaching record levels of 26% in 2006.
• Hydrogen – already used for fuel-cell systems – may become an option to power aircraft engines as from 2050.
Courtesy Mr Satish Mishra, Tata Steel