The World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) contains detailed industry performance data that supports strategic planning and decision-making to benchmark airline performance, evaluate the aviation market and analyze the air transport competitive landscape.

The WATS is ideal for strategic decision-making, aviation consultants, market analysis firms, airports, ground handlers, freight forwarders, and other aviation industry partners.

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WATS is offered in different formats including print or, for more in-depth analysis, in PDF and Excel files. WATS is also offered as a 10 year historical data package and a bundle for more in-depth analyzes.

WATS

DATA Included ideal for product format
  • 2020 data on passenger and freight traffic, fleetemployee numbers and high-level financials that are aggregated at both the industry level and the airline level
  • High level safety data
  • Airline and airport rankings based on passenger and freight metrics
  • The PDF + Excel format includes detailed airline data from 2019
  • Business development, strategy and planning
  • Consulting
  • Market analysis
  • Data Files (PDF + Excel)
  • Hard Copy Book

 

 WATS+

DATA included ideal for product format

In addition to the WATS content, the WATS+ version offers:

  • Detailed financial data such as revenue and cost structure for each airline
  • Passenger traffic by nationality
  • Supply of air transport based on operating fleet and scheduled passenger capacity
  • The PDF + Excel format includes detailed airline data from 2019
  • Business development, strategy and planning
  • Consulting
  • Market analysis
  • Investment decisions
  • Data Files (PDF + Excel)
  • Hard Copy Book

 

WATS 10 Year Data Package

data included ideal for product format

In addition to the WATS content, this package offers:

  • Data from 2010-2020 on passenger and freight traffic, fleet, employee, high level financials that are aggregated at both the industry level and the airline level
  • Industry series with 30 years of data based on selected passenger and freight traffic metrics, per year
  • Business development, strategy and planning
  • Consulting
  • Market analysis 
  • Investment decisions
  • Gaining a competitive edge
  • Long-term industry analysis
  • Evaluating past strategic decisions
  • Data Files (PDF + Excel)  

 

WATS & WATS+ Bundle

data included ideal for product format

This bundle combines the advantages of WATS+ and the 10 year data package by offering: 

  • Detailed financial data such as revenue and cost structure for each airline 
  • Passenger traffic by nationality
  • Supply of air transport based on operating fleet and scheduled passenger capacity
  • Data from 2010-2020 on passenger and freight traffic, fleet, employee, high level financials that are aggregated at both the industry level and the airline level
  • Industry series with 30 years of data based on selected passenger and freight traffic metrics, per year
  • Business development, strategy and planning
  • Consulting
  • In-depth market analysis
  • Investment decisions
  • Gaining a competitive edge
  • Long-term industry analysis
  • Evaluating past strategic decisions
  • Data Files (PDF + Excel)  

 

COVID-19 Air industry economic analysis

The data in WATS is submitted directly to IATA by approximately 270 international airlines, and this data is exclusive to IATA. The reports by our world-renowned industry experts provide insights on the statistics based on unparalleled inside knowledge. 

The 2021 edition highlights the strong impact COVID-19 had on the air industry that resulted in limited passenger traffic, low revenues, and large financial losses despite resilient outcomes in air cargo. 

From WATS to WATS+, gain a better understanding of how COVID-19 impacted the industry from international to domestic air travel, how travel restrictions influenced different markets, and more on the following topics:

  • Aviation market overview and analysis – From our Chief Economist’s office, the WATS reports on the industry’s performance through economic, financial, and environmental perspectives
  • Industry demand – Actual passenger and cargo traffic data with multiple breakdowns (i.e. region, nationality, airline type, global route, cabin) as well as forecasts using established industry performance metrics such as Revenue Passengers (PAX), Revenue Passenger-Kilometres (RPK), Passenger Load Factor (PLF), Cargo Tonne-Kilometres (CTK), Freight Tonnes (FRT), Revenue Tonne-Kilometres (RTK), Cargo Load Factor (CLF), and Weight Load Factor (WLF)
  • Industry supply information  Supply of air transport based on operating fleet and scheduled passenger capacity using metrics such as Available Seat-Kilometres (ASK), Available Cargo Tonne-Kilometres (ACTK), and Available Tonne-Kilometres (ATK)
  • Industry performance information – Financial performance based on metrics such as yields, airline detailed cost and revenue structure, as well as safety and security performance rates
  • Individual airline data – Detailed airline traffic, fleet, employee and financial data for further benchmarking, comparisons, and analysis
  • Rankings – Airline, airport, country, and alliance rankings based on selected passenger and freight metrics, airline rankings based on financial, fleet and employee data
  • Aircraft statistics - Fleet data with the use of metrics such as the number of aircrafts in service, hours flown, kilometers flown, length of scheduled route network, utilization expressed as average hours flown