ACI Media Press Release Archives (2006)
|Geneva – Airports handled over 4 billion passengers in 2005, a new record for the industry, according to the monthly ACI PaxFlash and FreightFlash. ACI Director of Economics Paul Behnke says, “This steady growth indicates that concerns for the threat of avian flu, terrorism and higher fuel costs did not dampen passenger demand excessively, although we did experience a slowing growth trend in the last quarter. The impact of low cost carrier traffic has helped maintain steady industry growth despite the stubbornly high cost of fuel.”|
Compared to 2004, total passenger traffic grew by 5.5% in 2005, with increases for international traffic reaching 6.7% and domestic 4.4%. PaxFlash provides a conservative preliminary indicator for annual results, and passenger growth is expected to exceed 6% for 2005.
Results for December 2005 as compared to December 2004 indicate a 4.1% increase worldwide for passenger traffic, with the Asia Pacific region recording 11% growth in the domestic market, and Middle East and Africa regions leading in international traffic with 14% and 11% respectively.
World freight traffic registered a modest increase in 2005. Total freight handled over the 12- month period rose 3% compared to 2004, whereas international freight was up by 4% and domestic 1.6% for the year. In December freight traffic grew by 4.4% whereas domestic freight was down by 1%. “Again we see that fuel costs have taken a toll on the air transport industry, particularly evident in domestic markets, where the diversion of traffic to alternative rail and truck transport options has impacted air freight results,” says Behnke.