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Air transport annual report 2015 (English)

This is the eleventh edition of the World Bank Group (WBG) Air Transport Annual Report. This paper summarizes the current activities of the air transport practice at the WBG. Over the past sixty years, the WBG has financed numerous aviation related projects. However, as you may notice, air transportation remains a small sub-sector of the transport practice at the WBG. Road investments continue to dominate our portfolio in terms of lending, followed by urban and rail projects. Nevertheless, the impact of our investments in aviation should be underscored. Aviation remains one of the leading modes of transportation for connecting people and economies, and opening markets. In particular, emerging and developing countries are benefiting most from increased connectivity and greater affordability. For example, the rise of low cost carriers in Asia has not only facilitated travel of business executives and migrant workers, but it has also significantly grown the tourism industry. Tourism, together with aviation, is the world’s largest sector when all the economic impacts are taken into account. In 2015, international tourist arrivals grew by 4.4 percent to reach 1.2 billion. According to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), tourism generated close to US$1.5 trillion in exports, which includes many smaller landlocked and island developing countries - focus areas for many of our investments. Aviation, a critical component of the tourism industry, contributes greatly to the multiplier effect: according to ICAO, every $100 of revenue produced by air transport triggers an additional US$325 in the economy, and every 100 jobs generates on average 600 additional jobs in other industries. It is therefore timely that the WBG is launching an integrated sustainable tour-ism solutions working group to advance the WBG’s work in the sector. Recognizing the potential of air transportation to contribute to economic development and shared prosperity, the WBG continues to make much-needed, selective investments in the sector. Ultimately, our investments are directed to best serve our clients and their needs. As this report highlights, with an overall portfolio of US$1.47 billion, we remain actively engaged around the world on projects related to air transport policy and regulation, safety, infrastructure rehabilitation, institutional strengthening, and capacity building. Finally, supporting client countries in addressing the environmental challenges of aviation has become a top priority for the WBG and we continue to cooperate with our strategic external partners on this issue.


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    Schlumberger,Charles E., Vijayakumar,Shruti

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    The World Region,

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    Air transport annual report 2015

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Schlumberger,Charles E. Vijayakumar,Shruti

Air transport annual report 2015 (English). World Bank Group Air Transport Annual Report Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.