Global passenger traffic was up by 7% in November 2010, according to the latest statistics released by Airports Council International (ACI).
Total passenger traffic increased by 6.9% compared to November 2009, with international traffic up by 8.1% and domestic by 6%.
For the first eleven months of 2010, world passenger traffic increased by 6.5%, international traffic growing by 7.7% and domestic traffic by 5.5%.
“November reporting indicates that 2010 will set a new record for global airport industry traffic with total passenger growth near 7%,” says ACI director general, Angela Gittens.
“Within that overall increase there are marked regional differences. While the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Latin America-Caribbean regions surged well beyond pre-crisis passenger volumes, Europe and North America lag behind previous peak performance.
“Nonetheless, Europe appears to be on track to becoming the largest traffic region in 2010 for the first time ever, moving ahead of the North America market. It remains to be seen how significantly the harsh winter weather will affect December traffic results.”
Freight traffic growth is still slowing relative to its rapid rebound in the first half of 2010. Comparing November 2010 to November 2009, total freight increased by 4.3%, international freight rose by 5.3% and domestic freight by 1.3%.
Year-to-date in 2010, global freight growth reaches 18.2%, with international freight at 23.4% and domestic freight at 9% for the 11-month period.