Civil aeronautics

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World passenger traffic by air began to return to normal in 2022, with global total traffic (measured in revenue passenger kilometres) reaching 69% of pre-pandemic (2019) levels for the entire year. In Europe, air traffic surged by 132% compared to 2021. This resurgence was reflected in significant rebounds in both industry turnover and employment.

Civil aeronautics turnover reached €114bn in 2022, marking an 11.1% increase over the €102.6bn reported in 2021. The sector accounted for 44% of the total industry turnover in 2022. The notable growth in this regard was seen in the helicopter and commercial aircraft segments, evident from higher delivery figures.

Despite the challenges posed by a tight labour market and a shortage of high skilled workers, sector employment increased by 6.0% in 2022, reaching a total of 348,000 jobs. Compared to pre-pandemic (2019) levels, 2022 turnover was 2.3% higher, and 2022 employment was 6.1% higher. 

However, at a time when demand surged, new challenges arose. These included supply-chain bottlenecks, shortages of critical raw materials and electronic components, as well as trade restrictions due to sanctions on Russia. Additionally, soaring inflation and escalating energy costs further complicated the situation.

The European civil aeronautics sector not only ensures essential air travel and sustains economies, but also fosters innovation and bolsters employment, thereby enhancing Europe’s resilience.

Civil aeronautics statistics for 2022

  • 114 bn

    Sector turnover

    11.1% increase over 2021

  • 98.3 bn

    Export value

    10% increase year-on-year

  • 348 k


    Employment in the sector increased by 6.0%

  • 35 %

    Share of value of world trade shipments

    despite only representing 1% of shipment volume

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