While growth has remained at around 3% for the last 12 months, October reflects that airports are bouncing back, with strong gains over the third quarter.
Overall, the world’s airports reported 4.1% growth in freight traffic in October, consistent with recent improvements in international trade volumes and business confidence.
Africa was the only region to post a decline, seeing passenger traffic drop by 5.2%.
Asia-Pacific saw overall growth of 8% in October, with international traffic driving this growth at 10%.
While Europe saw demand gain momentum, North American levels remain modest at 2.8%.
Latin American airports reported buoyant growth, as did the Middle East, which continues to hold the top spot with a 10% increase in traffic during October.
The gains in air freight also signalled a marked improvement in certain markets.
Although Africa and Latin America experienced declines of 8.1% and 2.1%, respectively, other regions saw growth.
Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East saw increases of 4.5%, 4.2% and 3.3% in October.
North America posted the strongest gains in air freight volumes, with traffic growing by 5.1%.