Lonely Planet Writer

USA and China lead world’s most frequent fliers list

The most frequent fliers in the world are to be found in the US and China.

There are over 100,000 flight across the world ever day or 36.5 million flights in a year
There are over 100,000 flight across the world ever day or 36.5 million flights in a year Image by Frank Kovalchek / CC BY 2.0

Unsurprisingly given its comparative wealth, the US is way ahead with over 9.5 million departures from its airports last year.

The US leads the way in flight frequency with 9.5 million departures from its airports last year
The US leads the way in flight frequency with 9.5 million departures from its airports last year Image by fsse8info / CC BY-SA 2.0

Although China recorded just over 3.3 million flights, the gap with the US is closing at a rapid rate.

China has seen its flight numbers grow to 3.3 million and its expansion is rapidly increasing year on year
China has seen its flight numbers grow to 3.3 million and its expansion is rapidly increasing year on year Image by Mark Harkin   / CC BY 2.0

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Asian country’s air traffic is now nearly six times what it was at the beginning of the millennium.

Meanwhile departures from US airports have dipped slightly over the last decade, according to data published by the World Bank.

Flying on a worldwide basis has now passed 100,000 departures every day. That adds up to an astonishing 36.5 million every year.

Countries from North and South America, Europe and Asia make up the rest of the top ten most frequent flights within nations.

Canada has almost 1.3 million flights, slightly ahead of Britain with Brazil next at just under a million flights per year.

Both Japan and Germany have over 900,000 flights with Russia next with just under 750,000 departures. Turkey is close behind at slightly under 725,000 with India in tenth place with more than 720,000 annual flights.

Brazil is among the fastest growing nation for air travel, having more than doubled from almost half a million flights 12 years ago.

The country with the least frequent flights in the world was Chad which recorded only 75 departures.

A number of countries including, Sweden, Norway and Uruguay were not included in the data used in The World Bank’s statistics.