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14-Sep-2016 6:53 AM

ACI: Worldwid airport pax up 96% to over 7.2bn in 2014, registering increases in all six regions

Airports Council International (ACI) reported (14-Sep-2016) worldwide airport passenger numbers increased 6.4% year-on-year to over 7.2 billion in 2015, registering increased in all six regions. Cargo volume increased 2.6% to 106 million tonnes and aircraft movements increased 2.0% to 88.5 million during the period. Regional traffic details include:

    • Passenger numbers: 2.5 billion, +8.6%;
    • Cargo volume: 41.1 million tonnes, +2.3%;
    • Aircraft movements: 21.0 million, +5.8%;
  • Europe:
    • Passenger numbers: 1.9 billion, +5.2%;
    • Cargo volume: 18.9 million tonnes, +0.5%;
    • Aircraft movements: 22.8 million, +1.8%;
  • North America:
    • Passenger numbers: 1.7 billion, +5.3%;
    • Cargo volume: 30.0 million tonnes, +3.1%;
    • Aircraft movements: 30.1 million, +0.3%;
  • Latin America-Caribbean:
    • Passenger numbers: 571 million, +5.3%;
    • Cargo volume: 4.9 million tonnes, -1.3%;
    • Aircraft movements: 8.9 million, -0.9%;
  • Middle East:
    • Passenger numbers: 334 million, +9.6%;
    • Cargo volume: 8.5 million tonnes, +9.9%;
    • Aircraft movements: 2.7 million, +6.9%;
  • Africa:

    • Passenger numbers: 180 million, +0.6%;
    • Cargo volume: 2.1 million tonnes, +3.5%;
    • Aircraft movements: 3.0 million, -1.4%. [more - original PR]

ACI: "It is important to maintain cautious optimism as we navigate through 2016. There are several impediments that could curtail the continued rise in demand, which could potentially encumber growth prospects over the short- and medium-terms. Specifically, these are related to geo-political unrest, terrorisms and threats to security in certain parts of the world. Physical capacity considerations and potential bottlenecks in air transport infrastructure also pose challenges in accommodating future air transport demand. Finally, protectionist policies that retreat from further economic integration and air transport liberalization could have adverse contractionary effects on the air transport industry. Irrespective of the challenges that lay ahead, by and large, the evidence of history supports the long run resiliency of the industry where connecting people, places, cultures and commerce is paramount in the shared mission of the aviation community.” Source: Company statement, 14-Sep-2016.

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