Water Transport Air Transport

Sr.
No.
Basis of Difference
Water Transport
Air Transport

1.

   Speed
It is slowest mode of transport.
It is the fastest mode of transport.

2.
carrying capacity
It has a very huge carrying capacity.
It has limited carrying capacity.

3.
Cost of construction and maintenance.
It uses waterways which are natural high-ways and hence there is no cost involved. However, there is high cost involved for construction of ships and ports.
It uses airways which are natural and hence there is no cost involved. However, there is high cost involved for construction of aircrafts and airports.

4.

Distance
Suitable for long distances especially across countries and continents.
Suitable for long distances.

5.

Transport charges
Transport charges are lowest.
Transport charges are the very high.

6.

Suitability
It is suitable for transporting very heavy goods, machineries in large quantities to any part of the world.
It is suitable for transporting light weight perishable and valuable goods to any part of the world.

7.
Means of transport
It uses boats, big ships, liners, tankers. Etc.
It uses aircrafts, helicopters, jets, etc.

8.

Ownership**
It is owned by both private sector as well as public sector.
It is owned by both private sector as well as public sector.

9.

Safety ****
Goods are safe as they are specially packed.
Goods are safe as they are more specially packed.