Increase in Air Travel, 1970–present

This chart shows the number of air passengers as a percent of the world population. For example, if the number is 50% that means that the average person in the world flies once every two years.
Source: World Bank
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Level 82
Oct 5, 2018
I definitely travel a lot more by air now than I did in 1975.
Level 66
Oct 5, 2018
Does a flight count as a single journey or a return journey?
Level 79
Nov 28, 2018
flight is what happens between take-off and landing
Level ∞
Nov 12, 2019
Single journey. But if a passenger travels from A to B with a layover in C it only counts as one trip.
Level 57
Jul 16, 2020
I wonder if there would be a decrease because of Covid-19...
Level 57
Dec 19, 2020
I would love to see a 2020 update
Level 32
Sep 17, 2020
I can see the small decrease after 2001 😬
Level 30
Feb 26, 2021
Wait. This chart makes me an average person.