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Worldwide air passengers exceeded 4 billion for the first time in 2017 amid a global economic recovery and lower airfares, with airlines in the Asia-Pacific region leading the growth, according to the International Air Transport Association.

The IATA said Thursday that 4.1 billion passengers flew last year, up 7.3 percent from 2016, marking an additional 280 million trips. Increases in direct flight services between cities have cut costs and travel times for both travelers and shippers, making flights more attractive, it added.

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