Flying was super popular in 2016, especially in December
Flying was super popular in the year 2016. New routes and a fall in return fares helped the demand rise 6.3% compared to 2015 .
These numbers are well ahead of the ten-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the numbers today. A particularly strong performance was reported for December with an 8.8% rise in demand outstripping 6.6% capacity growth.
“Air travel was a good news story in 2016. Connectivity increased with the establishment of more than 700 new routes. And a $44 fall in average return fares helped to make air travel even more accessible. As a result, a record 3.7 billion passengers flew safely to their destination.” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
Why do you think flying is getting more an more popular over the years? Is it the planes, the new routes, the falling fares? What is most important to you?