Progress on ICAO's Strategic Objectives — Economic Development of Air Transport — Aviation Data and Economic Analysis

Aviation Data and Economic Analysis


  • ICAO statistics programme


    In 2018, the ICAO Statistics Programme was modernized as part of the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) initiative, which aims to harmonize different sources of data at the organizational level. The re-engineering process focused on the modernization of the user interface, the interoperability of the system with other users, compatibility with Big Data standards, and data dissemination.


  • ICAO statistical online platform


    The new ICAO Data+ web-platform ( was enhanced with visual analytical functions, allowing users to quickly visualize trends, differences and similarities between data selections and enabling benchmarking analysis. The e-Tools platform was also enhanced with new tools. The Secretariat also implemented iCADS (ICAO Civil Aviation Data Solutions) and an online version of the Tariffs for Airports and Air Navigation Services (Doc 7100) (in collaboration with ACI) as new decision support tools for capacity building and infrastructure development.


  • Forecasting activities


    The Multi-disciplinary Working Group on Long-term Traffic Forecasts (MDWG-LTF) under the Aviation Data and Analysis Panel (ADAP) developed a single set of long-term traffic forecasts. The MDWG-LTF is comprised of ten Member States and three international organizations. Such forecasts are critical to effectively implement ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, estimate future trends of noise and emissions, assess the operational and cost-effectiveness of air navigation systems including the Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU), and assess licensed personnel and training requirements, as well as for the infrastructure planning and capacity building for improved safety of operations. Traffic forecasts have been updated with the 2016 baseline as requested by the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP).


  • Economic analysis


    Studies on regional differences in international airline operating economics for the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 were carried out and a study for the year 2016 is ongoing; results are published in circulars on a biennial basis. Based on the results of these studies, values of the global and area weightings were provided, on an annual basis, to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Prorate Agency to establish prorate factors for passenger revenues from interline journeys.


  • Air mail


    The Universal Postal Union (UPU) was provided with the annual airline traffic and financial data and analyses to be used for the calculation of the basic airmail conveyance rate according to Article 53 of the Universal Postal Convention.


  • Aviation Satellite Account (ASA)


    An expert advisory group on the ASA methodological framework developed a document to estimate the contribution of civil aviation in terms of percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and number of jobs. The ASA methodology will be used by States to have a standard framework for measuring the economic and social impact of civil aviation activities and in securing financing for and investments into the air transport sector.

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