6-Mar-2012 10:14 AM

ACI World reports pax traffic up 5% in Jan-2012, cargo down 7.5%

ACI World reports (05-Mar-2012) global airport traffic rose 4.8% in Jan-2012:

  • Passenger numbers: 299.1 million, +4.8% year-on-year;
  • Global freight: 5.0 million tonnes, -7.5%;
    • Domestic: 1.5 million, -5.7%;
    • International: 3.3 million, -8.1%;
      • Africa: 66,600, +5.4%;
      • Asia Pacific: 1.8 million, +12.6%;
      • Europe: 1.1 million, -7.8%;
      • Latin America and the Caribbean: 185,700, -8.7%;
      • Middle East: 346,100, +4.4%;
      • North America: 1.5 million, -3.1%.

ACI World: “Based on the global sample of airports, sixteen of the top twenty airports in terms of freight volume all experienced year over year declines for the month of January. Incheon (ICN), Anchorage (ANC), Paris (CDG) and Frankfurt (FRA) each saw double digit declines in air freight traffic.” Company statement, 05-Feb-2012.

ACI World: “Despite the climate of uncertainty sweeping across many economies, passenger growth has been relatively stable and consistent over 2011. We expect to see continued stability in global passenger growth over the months to come. In contrast, air freight has had a mixed picture. The December 2011 figures showed us that air freight was stabilizing to the levels of 2010. However, while the Chinese New Year is playing a role in January’s recent decline, the shroud of uncertainty hanging over global air freight makes it difficult to predict future growth patterns in the short run, particularly under such volatility across regions,” Rafael Echevarne, economics director. Source: Company statement, 05-Feb-2012. [more - original PR]