Global passenger traffic reached its highest level in five years in 2015 with a year on year rise of 6.6 per cent, according to the latest figures from IATA.
In its full year report, IATA attributed the passenger increase to lower airfares despite the market being beset by a weaker economic backdrop than in 2014.
IATA also confirmed the strongest growth was seen in the Middle East where traffic increased by 10.5 per cent.
This was followed by airlines in Latin America Africa (9.3 per cent) and Asia-Pacific (8.2 per cent).
Africa had the slowest growth rate of all regions with a three per cent climb.
Tony Tyler, IATA director general and CEO, said that despite a stronger showing in 2015, governments still believe that the value of taxes and charges from air transport outweighs the benefits of connected passengers.
“At a time when the global economy is showing signs of weakening, governments should be looking for ways to stimulate spending, not discourage it,” he said.