Madrid (global-adventures.us): Asia leads the world’s growth in travel and holds seven out of the ten busiest inter-city routes. In addition to the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, known as the BRIC markets, Indonesia, the Philippines and Chile showed an impressive growth, according to analysis by the market intelligence solution Amadeus Total Demand.
Traffic between Asia and Europe, and between Asia and North America, grew by 9 percent. Traffic between Asia and the Middle East grew six percent, reaching 38 million travelers in the year. Compared with the previous year, two percent fewer passengers traveled between Africa and Europe in 2011; making it the only region pair with a significant traffic flow decrease over the period.
Traffic between North America and Europe remains the busiest inter-regional flow with over 60 million passengers in 2011, followed by Asia and Europe with over 53 million, and Latin America and North America with 47 million passengers.
In terms of connecting traffic, over 50 percent of all passengers in the triangle between Asia, Europe and North America change aircraft at least once. On the other hand, only 7 percent of all passengers traveling within Asia travel with a connecting flight, compared to 10 percent in Europe and 31 percent in North America. The largest airports in Asia have a lower percentage of connecting traffic than the North American and European hubs. The average connecting rate of the ten busiest airports in Asia is 19 percent compared with 32 percent for the top ten hubs in Europe and 45 percent in North America.
The 2011 country statistics reveal that the strongest growth in absolute passengers is led by the BRIC countries. China registered an additional 19 million passengers in 2011, compared to 2010. Brazil’s numbers increased by 12 million, India’s by 8 million and Russia’s by 6 million passengers. Indonesia was the fifth strongest growth market with an additional 5 million passengers in 2011.
Brazil (plus 17 percent), India (plus 13 percent) and Russia (plus 15 percent) are also among the top ten fastest-growing countries by percentage growth. Chile (21 percent), the Philippines (15 percent) and Indonesia (11 percent) reserve top spots for themselves as well, while Egypt and Japan are among the fastest shrinking markets, probably due to the Arab Spring and the Tsunami.
From the world’s top ten inter-city routes, seven are within the domestic borders of Asian countries, out of which three are in Japan. In terms of volume, the route between Jeju and Seoul is the most important (almost 10 million passengers), followed by Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo (circa 8 million passengers).