7-Feb-2012 11:31 AM

ACI World: 3.8 billion pax handled in FY2011, global freight declines 1%. 5% pax growth in Dec-2011

ACI World reports global airport traffic increased 5.0% in Dec-2011 - traffic highlights:

  • Passenger numbers: 305.0 million, +5.0% year-on-year;
  • Global freight: 5.9 million tonnes, -0.4%;
    • Domestic: 1.9 million, -0.6%;
    • International: 3.9 million, -0.4%;
      • Africa: 70,200, +13.5%;
      • Asia Pacific: 2.3 million, -0.8%;
      • Europe: 1.1 million, 0.8%;
      • Latin America and the Caribbean: 220,700, +5.3%;
      • Middle East: 353,900, +1.7%;
      • North America: 1.8 million, -2.0%.
  • FY2011:
    • Passenger numbers: 3839 million, +4.9%;
      • Domestic: 2025 million, +3.7%;
      • International: 1748 million, +6.2%;
    • Global freight: 67.0 million, -0.7%;
      • Domestic: 20.4 million, -0.8%;
      • International: 45.6 million, -0.7%.

ACI World: “While air freight began the year in positive territory in 2011, a sustained decline in growth rates was apparent from the month of May and thereafter where growth only converged to zero percent in December 2011. While air freight declined by almost -1% globally in 2011, the results are mixed from region to region.” Source: Company statement, 03-Feb-2012.

ACI World: “Based on our latest survey results of major airports globally, 2011 was another banner year for overall passenger growth in face of the myriad of global economic risks and environmental calamities. From a global perspective, the international traveller in 2011 appears to have been immune to these manifestations. Air freight, on the other hand, appeared to be more elastic or sensitive to the economic situation within countries and among trading partners. As governments slowly adopt the necessary austerity measures to deleverage their balance sheets, certain economies may experience an economic slowdown in the short run thereby having an impact on international trade. However, as business confidence resumes, so will global trade in air freight,” Rafael Echevarne, economics director. Source: Company statement, 03-Feb-2012. [more - original PR]

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