Global airport passenger traffic dips -1.2% in July; ACI greets “positive signs” as market stabilises – 02/09/09

INTERNATIONAL. Global passenger traffic at the world’s airports dipped by -1.2% year-on-year in July, Airports Council International (ACI) reported today. The decline was a marked improvement on the -5% fall in June and the -8% drop in passenger numbers in May.

International passenger traffic fell by -3.4% while domestic passenger traffic rose by +0.9%, driven by strong results in the Asia Pacific region (+10.1%) and Latin America & Caribbean (+ 9.5%).

For the period from January to July total passenger traffic is down by -5.9% year-on-year, with international volumes falling -7.2% and domestic traffic down -4.7% in the first seven months.

ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said: “This is a scenario where we can draw optimism from a negative. Although overall traffic is still lower than 2008, the gap is narrowing significantly. Total traffic worldwide was down by -1.2% in July, but reflects a rising growth trend. It may still be too soon to assume the worst is over, but results in a few key markets are most encouraging.”

Three regions – Asia Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean and Middle East – recorded overall growth in July, a first for this year.

And although total international traffic remained depressed (-3.4%) compared to July 2008, this is a marked improvement over the -7% decline recorded in June compared to June 2008. The Middle East and Africa regions both reported positive international growth (respectively +11.6% and +0.7% increases).


Global passenger numbers dip by -5% in June – 31/07/09

International passenger traffic slumps -9.3% in May, reports Airports Council International – 03/07/09

ACI appoints key management personnel – 01/07/09

ACI Europe elects Schiphol Group COO as President – 17/06/09


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