APEC economies

Air transport supports 23.9 million jobs and $1.7 trillion in GDP in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries. That is 2.2% of all employment and 3.7% of all GDP in the APEC countries in 2016.


The air transport industry in APEC economies generated an estimated 5.9 million direct jobs in 2016, broken down as follows:

  • Airline workers: 1.6 million (27.3% of the total)
  • Airport operators: 331,700 (5.6%)
  • Other on-airport roles: 3.1 million (52.1%)
  • Civil aerospace jobs: 776,600 (13%)
  • Air navigation service providers: 115,200 (1.9%)

Including indirect and induced impacts, the air transport sector supported 16.4 million jobs and contributed $1.3 trillion to GDP in APEC.

Substantial benefits derived from tourist spending has added an estimated 16.5 million to employment and $433 billion in GDP.