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ACI: Passenger traffic growth decelerates to 2.8% in Sep-2012, cargo mixed across regions

8-Nov-2012 1:00 PM

ACI reported (06-Nov-2012) passenger numbers at the world's airports slowed to 2.8% year-on-year in Sep-2012 attributing the slowing growth rate to "a result of contractions in the domestic passenger markets of Europe and North America." Major airports in emerging markets continue to counterbalance the slowdown from other regions with sustained demand for air transport. Istanbul, Dubai, Jakarta and Beijing posted growth of +19.7%, +12.8%, +6.5% and +4.1% respectively. Global freight traffic posted modest year-over-year growth in Sep-2012 at +1.6%, the results across regions were mixed. Africa (-4.8%), Europe (-1.5%) and North America (-1.5%) all experienced declines whereas the Middle East (+6%), Asia Pacific (+5.3%) and Latin America-Caribbean (+4.4%) achieved more robust growth figures. Details of Sep-2012 traffic highlights include:

  • Passenger numbers: +2.8% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: +1.2%;
    • International: +4.7%;
  • Cargo volume: +1.6%;