Which Country Transports the Most Passengers by Air?

Air Transport (Passengers Carried) (mil), 2019 or latest
Transport | December 30, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 151 countries in 2019, USA ranked the highest in air transport in terms of total passengers carried with 927 mil followed by China and Ireland. On the other end of the scale was Monaco with < 0.001 mil, Estonia with < 0.001 mil and Bosnia and Herzegovina with 0.005 mil.

Total air transport in terms of total passengers carried reached 4,397 mil in 2019 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 3.64 % less than in the previous year and 47.9 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total air transport in terms of total passengers carried reached an all time high of 4,397 mil in 2019 and an all time low of 310 mil in 1970. The average annual growth amounted to 5.60 % since 1970.

The top ranked country, USA, accounted for 21.8 % of air transport in terms of total passengers carried in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 41.4 % share while the ten largest countries some 62.1 % in 2019.

Data for more countries are available at Air Transport (Passengers Carried) indicator page.

Air Transport (Passengers Carried) Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Brazil mil 95.6 100 102 94.1 96.4
Canada mil 71.5 75.5 80.2 85.4 91.4
China mil 353 391 436 488 551
Germany mil 109 112 117 117 114
India mil 75.6 82.7 98.9 120 140
Indonesia mil 81.7 85.2 90.1 99.3 108
Ireland mil 93.4 98.4 116 134 154
Japan mil 108 111 114 118 124
Russia mil 64.1 72.2 76.8 77.5 89.4
South Korea mil 54.5 58.3 66.1 76.9 82.8
Spain mil 48.1 53.1 60.6 66.7 71.6
Turkey mil 74.4 84.6 96.6 100 108
USA mil 743 763 798 824 849
United Arab Emirates mil ... ... ... ... 68.2 75.6 84.3 91.8 95.3
United Kingdom mil 119 125 132 144 151