New Delhi: Indians were the world’s third largest air travellers (by nationality) last year. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Thursday released World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) for 2017 in which it has added ranking of passenger traffic by nationality, for international and domestic travel, where the flyer’s citizenship as opposed to the country of residence has been taken into account.
In all, IATA said over 400 crore passengers flew on schedule services (domestic and international combined) last year. American nationals were the biggest chunk of this at 63.2 crore (18.6% of all passengers), followed by Chinese at 55.5 crore (16.3%) and then Indians at 16.1 crore or 4.7% of all passengers. UK and Germany were behind India at 14.7 crore (4.3%) and 11.4 crore (3.4%), respectively.
08/09/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India