In Plane Sight Wildlife Trafficking in the Air Transport Sector

Published 6 August 2018

Washington, USA, 6th August 2018—A new analysis of global wildlife trafficking seizures in the air transport sector reveals that wildlife traffickers are highly dependent on commercial air transportation systems to smuggle endangered wildlife.

In Plane Sight: Wildlife Trafficking in the Air Transport Sector

Report author(s):
ROUTES Partnership report, authored by C4ADS

Publication date:
August 2018

About the ROUTES Partnership

The USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership brings together transport and logistics companies, government agencies, development groups, law enforcement, conservation organisations and donors to disrupt wildlife trafficking activities, and forms a key element of the concerted international response to addressing wildlife poaching and associated criminal activities worldwide. Further information and resources can be found at


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is responsible for the majority of overseas development assistance from the United States Government and works to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing security and prosperity for America and the world

About C4ADS

C4ADS is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to providing data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting on global conflict and transnational security issues.

About IATA

IATA represents some 265 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic. For more information, visit or follow@IATA2press

About ACI

Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring the global air transport system is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2018, provisional figures show that ACI serves 641 members operating 1,953 airports in 176 countries. For more information, visit or follow @ACIWorld. For more information, visit or follow @ACIWorld