Wow … that many, that much, that far!
IATA research is forecasting that around half the world’s population will fly during the course of this year with an overall prediction of 3,3 billion passengers flying globally.
As further indicators of just how great a role commercial aviation plays in the international economy the Association points out that 52 aircraft take off every minute.
In the same timeframe 5 700 passengers will board aircraft somewhere in the world and more than $12 million worth of cargo is delivered.
Sixty seconds in today’s world also sees the global international aircraft fleet log over 70 000km.