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US to reclaim aviation dominance

The US also will reclaim the top spot from Germany for international passengers by the end of 2017, according to the International Air Transport Association's Airline Industry Forecast (2013-2017).

While Germany will add 27.2 million passengers to the 149.4 million in 2012, the US will add 28.2 million international passengers, rising from 149.3 million in 2012 to 177.5 million in 2017.

With 677.8 million domestic passengers in 2017, the United States will continue to be the largest single market for domestic passengers, although it will add only 70 million passengers over the forecast period. This reflects the market's maturity. China is firmly established in second place (487.9 million passengers in 2017 with the annual growth of 10.2 per cent).

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