Air Travel in EU Regions

Dec 21, 2018
Air Travel in EU Regions

The chart above shows the number of passengers that traveled by air in each EU region.  The Western EU has by far the most air passengers and no other region comes close, in fact, it has more air passengers than the three other regions combined.


  • The difference between the region with the greatest number of air travelers, the Western EU, and the region with the least, the Northern EU, is 715,030,128 passengers.
  • The Western EU has 8.79 times the number of air travelers that the Northern EU does.
  • The Western EU accounts for 54.15% of the total air travel in the EU.
  • The largest contributor in each region makes up between 30 and 45 percent of the respective region's total.


  • Travel data is from 2017.
  • All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.
  • The Western EU consists of Germany, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, and Luxembourg.
  • The Southern EU consists of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, and Malta.
  • The Eastern EU consists of Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
  • The Northern EU consists of Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.


Five states each have more air travelers than the entirety of the Eastern EU or the entirety of the Northern EU, they are (in descending order of passengers): the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, and Italy.

Spain makes up 44.81% of the Southern EU total, Sweden accounts for 41.91% of the Northern EU total, the United Kingdom makes up 32.80% of the Western EU passengers, and Poland accounts for 30.59% of the Eastern EU passengers.


Eurostat.  2018.  "Air Passenger Transport by Reporting Country."  Accessed December 12, 2018.,C,X,0;GEO,L,Y,0;UNIT,L,Z,0;TRA_MEAS,L,Z,1;SCHEDULE,L,Z,2;TRA_COV,L,Z,3;INDICATORS,C,Z,4;&zSelection=DS-054020TRA_COV,TOTAL;DS-054020SCHEDULE,TOT;DS-054020UNIT,PAS;DS-054020INDICATORS,OBS_FLAG;DS-054020TRA_MEAS,PAS_CRD;&rankName1=UNIT_1_2_-1_2&rankName2=INDICATORS_1_2_-1_2&rankName3=SCHEDULE_1_2_-1_2&rankName4=TRA-COV_1_2_-1_2&rankName5=TRA-MEAS_1_2_-1_2&rankName6=TIME_1_0_0_0&rankName7=GEO_1_2_0_1&sortC=ASC_-1_FIRST&rStp=&cStp=&rDCh=&cDCh=&rDM=true&cDM=true&footnes=false&empty=false&wai=false&time_mode=NONE&time_most_recent=false&lang=EN&cfo=%23%23%23%2C%23%23%23.%23%23%23.

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