ACI Media Press Release Archives (2006)
Geneva – ACI PaxFlash and FreightFlash data for February 2006 as compared to February 2005 show a steady, if not spectacular, worldwide growth trend at 3.8% for passenger traffic and 2.6% for freight, as compared to 4.8 % and 2.5% growth comparisons in January 2006.
Passenger growth rates in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions are the highest at 12.9% and 6.5% respectively. In the North American market, however, low passenger traffic results for February show the impact of bankruptcies at Northwest and Delta and the liquidation of Independence Air. Capacity cutbacks at Northwest’s Minneapolis hub, Delta’s Cincinnati hub and Independence’s base of operations at Dulles International Airport mean that all three airports saw marked declines in passenger traffic. In Latin America, the impact of successive storms is still evident, as reflected by a strong drop at Cancun, a major tourist destination that suffered severe hurricane damage to its hotel infrastructure.
Analysis of the freight traffic results shows that international freight grew by 5.4%, buoyed by a strong 7.2% increase in Asia Pacific that helped to counterbalance a drop of 1.7% in the North American market. In the domestic freight market, a severe drop in results in the NAM region (down by 11%) heavily impacted the overall average, despite strong Asia Pacific growth (up 16.6%). Sharp declines in freight volume were recorded at Indianapolis, Detroit and San Francisco, and there was negligible growth at Memphis, the region’s largest freight operator and home of FEDEX’s largest global shipping and sorting facility.