Global airport passenger traffic continues recovery with +4.2% rise in November, says ACI – 07/01/10

INTERNATIONAL. Global passenger traffic increased by +4.2% in November 2009 compared to the same month in 2008, according to the latest PaxFlash from Airports Council International (ACI).

International passenger traffic rose by +3.1% while domestic traffic worldwide increased by +5.3% in the month.

For the year to November, total traffic is down by -3.2% at the world’s airports, with international volumes falling -4.7% and domestic traffic down by just -1.7%.

ACI World Director General Angela Gittens noted: “The steady improvement of traffic at airports indicates that losses for the year may be softer than originally expected. In the first quarter 2009 airports registered an alarming downward spiral, yet since mid-year we have witnessed the return of demand – first for domestic and now for international travel.

“For sure, we are comparing November 2009 against November 2008, the month which had the biggest traffic losses in that year. Nonetheless positive passenger growth in all categories – overall global, international and domestic – indicates that the industry remains on track for a rebound.”

November is the first month since March 2008 during which all regions registered positive passenger traffic growth. As December is expected to show further growth across all regions, the global year-end decline may possibly be less than -3%, said ACI.

China, India and Brazil continue to lead domestic passenger traffic recovery, but Europe and North America also show moderate domestic growth for the first time in 2009. International traffic growth was dominated by the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions (Singapore +10%, Kuala Lumpur +21%, Bangkok +35%, Dubai +13%).


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