Commercial airlines flew 3.8 billion passengers in 2016, a 7% increase approximately equivanelt to 242 million additional air trips -- over the previous year, according to IATA’s 2017 World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) report, released Oct. 9. Asia-Pacific carriers transported the largest portion (35%) of the world’s commercial passengers, 1.3 billion, which in 2016 was an 11.3% year-over-year (YOY) increase, or approximately 132 million additional passengers in one year. ...

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