The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) has released the 2014 Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders report.

Complied with the assistance of Oxford Economics, it lists the considerable impact of aviation on the modern, interconnected world.
Aviation’s impact global economic (direct, indirect, induced and tourism catalytic) is estimated at $2.4 trillion, equivalent to 3.4% of world gross domestic product (GDP). It directly supports more than 58 million jobs. Aviation is also responsible for 35% of world trade by value.
“This year marks the hundredth year of regular scheduled airline operations,” says Michael Gill, ATAG Executive Director. “In the last century, we have served over 65 billion passengers and opened up new forms of family connections, friendship and business. One aspect of the aviation sector often overlooked is the benefits that rapid, safe and good value air travel brings to the wider economy and society. Our report, Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders, puts that in context.”
Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders notes that, by 2032, if forecasts are accurate there will be over 6.5 billion passengers and aviation will support 103 million jobs and $5.8 trillion in economic activity.
“Partnership is key if the economies of the 2030s are going to be able to take full advantage of the benefits that aviation has delivered to the world over the last 100 years.”