ACI PaxFlash: International passenger traffic posts strong surge in February – 10/04/08

INTERNATIONAL. The latest monthly PaxFlash from Airports Council International (ACI) reveals that international passenger traffic surged by +9.6% in February compared to the same month a year ago.

Total passenger traffic grew by +6.1% in the month, while domestic passenger traffic worldwide rose by +3.9%.

The first two months of 2008 show an overall +4.6% rise in traffic, with international traffic up by +8.1% and domestic traffic up by +2.1%.

ACI Director of Economics Andreas Schimm commented: “We see extremely solid passenger traffic growth in February, even adjusting for the extra day in February this year that boosts month on month comparisons to 2007. Looking at the twelve month rolling period, we still see a rise of over +7% in international passenger traffic and a worldwide overall increase of +5%, which is excellent news for airport business and global economic development.”

Among the regions, the Middle East continued its strong upward trend with +18.6% growth in international traffic in February, while Africa posted +18.1% growth. Latin America and the Caribbean also achieved double-digit growth of +11.2%, while North America (+8.9%), Europe (+9%) and Asia Pacific (+7.8%) also delivered solid increases.

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