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NEWS Last modified on December 10, 2013

ACI: passenger traffic posts solid gains and air freight revived

Airports Council International (ACI) has posted traffic results, showing that global passenger traffic continued along its growth path in October, increasing 4.9% year-on-year.

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%.

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