System-wide, airlines carried 3.6 billion passengers
on scheduled services, an increase of 7.2 % over 2014, representing an additional 240 million air trips. Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once
again carried the highest number of passengers, according to the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS), the yearbook of the airline industry’s performance. Here’s a look:
Among the world’s largest domestic markets, India had the fastest domestic passenger growth in 2015. With annual growth of 18.8% (in a market of 80 million domestic passengers), India’s performance surpassed that of Russia (11.9% growth, in a market of 47 million domestic passengers), China (9.7% growth, in a market of 394 million domestic passengers) and the United States (5.4% growth, in a market of 708 million domestic passengers).