Annual passengers traveling via the world’s commercial airlines exceeded 4 billion for the first time in 2017, up 7.3% over 2016 and equivalent to 280 million additional air trips, according to IATA’s annual World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) report, released Sept. 6. A broad-based improvement in global economic conditions, combined with lower average airfares, supported the upward trajectory, IATA said. Of the 4.1 billion air passengers worldwide in 2017, Asia-Pacific ...

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