Global passenger traffic posts +4.8% increase in May, reports ACI World – 29/06/07

INTERNATIONAL. Airports Council International (ACI) reports that passenger traffic at airports around the world rose +4.8% in May 2007 compared to May 2006. And international traffic rose at a faster rate than domestic traffic, at +5.2% compared to +4.4%.

For the period January to May 2007 (compared to the same period in 2006) overall traffic grew by +5.1%, with international passenger traffic surging +6.8%.

Worldwide passenger traffic growth was steady in May, with regional variations. Tourist destinations in Mauritius, Reunion, Egypt and South Africa were leaders in the Africa region, where international traffic (+12.7%) rose strongly compared to 2006.

In Asia Pacific international passenger traffic rose +7.1% to 26.2 million in the month, and in Europe the figure rose by +4% to 60 million. The Middle East posted the highest growth rate of any region with a +15.9% increase to 4.1 million passengers.

Steady increases in North America’s results confirm that the region’s recovery trend continues, said ACI. In Latin America and the Caribbean region domestic traffic picked up briskly with an +8.6 % increase, while international traffic grew by +1.3%.


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