The map above shows the number of passengers that traveled by air for every resident in each EU state. The two island states of Cyprus and Malta have a commanding lead over all other EU states and are the only two states with more than ten air passengers for every inhabitant.
- The difference between the state with the greatest number of per capita air travelers, Malta, and the state with the least, Slovakia, is 14.10.
- Malta has 32.33 times the number of per capita air travelers that Slovakia does.
- The median number of per capita air travelers in the 28 EU states is 3.04 and the mean is 3.84.
- Travel data is from 2017.
- Population data is from 2011.
- All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.
- The map is presented in an Albers equal-area conic projection.
- The choropleth classification is based on Jenks or natural breaks.
The United Kingdom which has the most air travelers overall, ranks tenth when its population is taken into account. The other two leaders in the overall metric, Germany and Spain, rank 16th and ninth in this metric, respectively.
Four states have less air passengers than population (in descending order of per capita passengers): Poland, Slovenia, Romania, and Slovakia. Slovenia and Slovakia have the dubious distinction of ranking in the final three both in overall passengers (28th and 27th respectively) and per capita passengers (26th and 28th respectively).
Of the 12 states with a population over 10 million, Greece, the Netherlands, and Portugal all have more than 4.50 times their population in air travelers.
Of the five states with more than 100 million air passengers, Spain and the United Kingdom have more than four times their population in air travelers. Germany, Italy, and France have just above two.
Eurostat. 2018. "Air Passenger Transport by Reporting Country." Accessed December 12, 2018. http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?query=BOOKMARK_DS-054020_QID_63F2F729_UID_-3F171EB0&layout=TIME,C,X,0;GEO,L,Y,0;UNIT,L,Z,0;TRA_MEAS,L,Z,1;SCHEDULE,L,Z,2;TRA_COV,L,Z,3;INDICATORS,C,Z,4;&zSelection=DS-054020TRA_COV,TOTAL;DS-054020SCHEDULE,TOT;DS-054020UNIT,PAS;DS-054020INDICATORS,OBS_FLAG;DS-054020TRA_MEAS,PAS_CRD;&rankName1=UNIT_1_2_-1_2&rankName2=INDICATORS_1_2_-1_2&rankName3=SCHEDULE_1_2_-1_2&rankName4=TRA-COV_1_2_-1_2&rankName5=TRA-MEAS_1_2_-1_2&rankName6=TIME_1_0_0_0&rankName7=GEO_1_2_0_1&sortC=ASC_-1_FIRST&rStp=&cStp=&rDCh=&cDCh=&rDM=true&cDM=true&footnes=false&empty=false&wai=false&time_mode=NONE&time_most_recent=false&lang=EN&cfo=%23%23%23%2C%23%23%23.%23%23%23.
Eurostat. 2017. "Population on 1 January by Age Groups and Sex - Functional Urban Areas." Accessed December 11, 2017. http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do?dataset=urb_lpop1&lang=en.