Social and economic benefits of aviation


Aviation is one of the main drivers behind globalisation, driving the development of the modern world. A network of airlines, airports and air traffic management organisations link the major cities and small communities of the world 24 hours a day with increasingly advanced aircraft. Aviation supports 65.5 million jobs worldwide and enables $2.7 trillion in global GDP.

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It allows people to have adventures in new countries, to relax on tropical beaches, to build business relationships and to visit friends and family. As our global economy grows ever more linked, aviation is the factor that brings people together. ATAG’s work on the social and economic benefits of aviation brings together a world of facts and figures to give policymakers and the industry the important global view of how our air travel creates jobs and drives economic growth.

In October 2018, ATAG published the latest edition of its flagship report, Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders, which explores the various ways in which aviation contributes to the economy, jobs, the lives of millions of people around the world and how it contributes to sustainable development. “It’s a fascinating look at the scope of the aviation industry and our role in the world,” says Michael Gill, Executive Director of ATAG, “when you realise that aviation, if it were a country, would be the 20th largest economy in the world, supporting 65.5 million jobs and nearly three trillion dollars in economic impact, you really see the scale of air transport.”

View the ATAG website Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders and the 2018 edition of the report