ACI Media Press Release Archives (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.
Worldwide freight growth, however, was sluggish with a modest overall increase of 1%. Domestic freight rose 2% whereas international tonnage remained flat relative to July 2004. The longer term analysis is more positive, with international freight data increasing 3% for the first seven months of 2005 and 7% for the 12-month period ending in July 2005.
International traffic growth has been strong, registering 7% growth in July and a cumulative rate surpassing 8% for the past 12 months. By comparison, domestic passenger traffic shows a firm but more modest increase of 4% for July and 6% for the 12-month period, reflecting the impact of relatively low domestic growth rates in both North America and Europe.
Regional analysis for both the year-to-date and 12-month categories show that the Asia/Pacific, Latin American and Middle Eastern regions continue to lead passenger growth with double-digit increases, and also report the strongest growth in freight traffic, as indicated in tables 2 and 3. Examples of airports reporting high passenger growth rates in July include Johannesburg (JNB) 26%, Beijing (PEK) 20%, Buenos Aires (EZE) 19%, Dubai (DXB) 13% and Salt Lake City (SLC) 22%, and in Europe several airports increased total traffic by 9% or more, including Athens (ATH), Barcelona (BCN), Geneva (GVA), Munich (MUC) and Vienna (VIE).
TABLE 1 – SUMMARY WORLDWIDE TRAFFIC RESULTS
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