ACI Media Press Release Archives (2005)

Airports Pursue New Safety Initiatives - Dec 06, 2005

Budapest – Delivering the highest safety standards in a high-growth environment is the focus of ACI’s second Global Airport Operations Summit this week. ACI Director General Robert J Aaronson, speaking to the over 160 senior operations delegates from the world’s airports, emphasized new safety enhancement efforts that ACI will initiate in 2006. “Safety remains the highest priority of airport operators – that is why ACI is developing practical, standard solutions for global implementation at airports worldwide. Improved performance, planning and coordination with other agencies are the key objectives.”

Worldwide Passenger Traffic Continues to Grow; Freight Traffic Flat - Dec 02, 2005

Morroco – ACI airports report that in October 2005 global passenger numbers increased by 3.3% as compared to October 2004, with airports in the Middle East (6.6%), Africa (5.7%) and Asia Pacific (5.6%) showing the strongest results. Global freight handled during the same period rose only 0.5%. Poor performance on domestic freight, which is down by 4.3%, reflects the impact of storms, rising fuel costs and in some regions general economic slowdown. International freight reflects a modest increase at 2.3%.

Airports Report Strong Passenger Traffic in September - Nov 04, 2005

ACI airport traffic statistics for September 2005 once again underscore the growth trend in the industry and show that passenger demand remains strong despite high fuel costs and surcharges. Airports worldwide reported a steady 6% passenger traffic increase as compared to September 2004.

Airport Service Quality 2006 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Oct 25, 2005

ACI is delighted to announce that Abu Dhabi International Airport will host the next International ‘Airport Service Quality’ Conference and Exhibition from 5-7 March 2006. Airports and aviation industry stakeholders will again focus on airport customer service issues, but with a new angle: “Why service excellence pays off”. The venue of the conference and the exhibition will be the Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers in Abu Dhabi.

.AERO Launches “Who's Who” on-line directory for the aviation community - Oct 11, 2005

GENEVA, Switzerland – OCTOBER 11, 2005 – .aero, the top level domain of the aviation industry, today announced the launch of an on-line directory dedicated to the air transport community.

Passenger Traffic Soars in July, but Freight Growth Stalls - Aug 30, 2005


Geneva - Worldwide passenger traffic soared in July, according to ACI member airport reporting. Despite fuel and security surcharges, the competitive fares and summer vacation in the northern hemisphere contributed to buoyant growth in passenger travel. Worldwide traffic increased by nearly 6% compared to July 2004, continuing the solid growth trend seen in June 2005.

ACI Passenger and Freight Forecasts 2005-2020 - Aug 23, 2005

Geneva, 22 August 2005 – Over 7.4 billion passengers will travel by air in 2020 according to ACI traffic forecasts for 2005-2020. Passenger traffic will grow by over 4% per year through 2020 and air freight tonnage will increase by 5.4%.

Strong Traffic Results for June 2005 - Jul 27, 2005

Geneva - "Summer traffic in the northern hemisphere is off to an excellent start with a sharp increase in passenger traffic compared to June 2004 and a marked turn around in freight traffic which increased by 4% following a short-lived slump in April and May. Freight traffic normally reflects the overall health of the economy, so this is a very positive sign," says Paul Behnke Director of Economics at ACI.

Travel Industry Unites Agianst Proposed Aviation Tax - Jul 15, 2005

BANGKOK, July 15, 2005 - Following the G8 summit last week, travel industry associations are continuing their united opposition to a proposed new aviation tax to fund development in poor countries. The group says aid for developing countries is laudable, but funding it through a new tax on aviation is misguided and counterproductive.

Anne McGinley to Lead New ACI Bureau in Montreal - Jul 14, 2005

Geneva - Director General Robert J. Aaronson has announced the appointment of Anne McGinley as Director of the ACI Bureau in Montreal, whose mission is to promote the interests of ACI's 1540 airport members at the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO is the unique aviation forum that brings together States and industry experts in order to define international guidance on standards and recommended practices for air navigation services, airports and airlines.