11-Feb-2013 1:52 PM

ACI: passenger numbers up 3% in Dec-2012, 2012 pax numbers up 4%, but cargo remains flat

Airports Council International (ACI) reports (08-Feb-2013) the following traffic highlights. Details include:

  • Dec-2012:
    • Passenger numbers: 323.8 million, +2.5% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 177.4 million, +0.6%;
      • International: 143.2 million, +4.6%;
    • Cargo volume: -1.3%;
      • Domestic: -4.2%;
      • International: +0.2%;
  • 12 months ended Dec-2012:
    • Passenger numbers: 4.1 billion, +3.9%;
      • Domestic: 2.2 billion, +2.8%;
      • International: 1.9 billion, +5.3%;
    • Cargo volume: -0.2%;

ACI: “Although we saw slightly lower year-over-year growth rates in passenger traffic in 2012 from month to month as compared to 2011, the overall result for the year was in line with ACI forecasts, which factored in the slowdown in certain European and North American markets. Air freight had mixed results throughout 2012 with some months posting modest gains while other months posted declines. Amid the significant downside risks in the Euro area and the fiscal deadlock in the United States throughout the year, growth in air freight came to an overall halt in 2012. As the global economy and international trade picks up steam we are optimistic to see higher growth rates for both passenger and freight traffic in 2013,” Rafael Echevarne, ACI World’s economics director. Source: Company statement, 08-Feb-2013.

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