Brazil led the way as the Latin America–Caribbean region showed the strongest traffic growth in March, according to the latest ACI World figures.
Although a third of airports in the monthly sample saw a declining number of passengers, overall growth in most regions was positive.
The Latin America–Caribbean region reported the strongest growth of 10% over the month, however overall traffic in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and North America remained positive over the month as well.
Meanwhile, freight growth stabilised in March after experiencing a weak February and actually grew 3.5% over the month.
Angela Gittens, director general of the ACI, said: “The good news is that for many markets, the traffic outlook is holding to expectations and steady growth is a reality.
“With traffic rising significantly over the next few years, we will be called upon to satisfy our airline customers’ infrastructure needs while at the same time enhancing safety, security and efficiency.”
On the other hand, the impact of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and a sharp drop in North Africa traffic due to political unrest dampened the overall passenger traffic results which increased by just 2% compared with March last year.
Gittens added: “We admire the resilience of our affected members who have worked diligently to maintain vital airport services despite the magnitude of natural disasters and the impact of political unrest.
“We will be supporting them and working with them to assist in any way that we can as they re-build their facilities.”