ACI Media Press Release Archives (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%.|
Results for the past 12 months ending October 2005 indicate that passenger numbers have increased by 6.2%, whereas total freight handled has increased by 3.2%.
ACI Director General Robert J Aaronson, speaking this week to airport management teams during the annual ACI Africa Region’s annual assembly, urged airport operators to respond proactively to the growth trend, emphasizing the importance for airports across the African continent. “Many airport operators have been able to diversify revenue streams, enhance services for airlines and passengers and maximize asset utilization, all the while building new capacity.”
On the African continent alone, the commitment to airport growth is demonstrated by the diversity of projects:
Worldwide, airport capital expenditure for new infrastructure reached a record US$ 36 billion in 2005, on top of US$ 31 billion in 2004, demonstrating once again that airports are striving to keep ahead of constantly rising demand for air travel.
African airports are increasingly managed on a commercial basis. To promote best practices on a wide range of airport issues, including non-aeronautical revenue enhancement, ACI, ICAO and Miami International Airport jointly organized a seminar on the development of non-aeronautical revenues during the annual conference.
Aaronson added, “Many of the world’s airports are indeed seen as a solid investment. Airports have achieved this strong position by listening to their customers and by aligning their goals with the broader economic objectives of the communities they serve and being responsive to the changing tourism market.”
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