ACI Media Press Release Archives (2006)
Geneva – ACI PaxFlash data for April 2006 confirm that passenger traffic growth increased sharply, with an increase of 6.5 percent as compared to April 2005. International traffic was up 10.7 percent and domestic traffic 4 percent. For the past 12 months, the worldwide average increase was 4.8 percent whereas international traffic rose by 6.1 percent for the same period. The Middle East (up 19.9 percent year on year) and Europe (up 10.2%) showed the highest growth rates. Asia/Pacific also showed a healthy 8.3 percent increase in April.
Commenting on the results, Paul Behnke, ACI’s Director of Economics said: “Heavy Easter travel and major Chinese holidays in April stimulated passenger travel. It is particularly encouraging that that demand remains strong despite fuel surcharges which have driven up ticket prices.” Several popular destinations from all regions reported double digit increases, including Beijing, Hong Kong, Haneda, Dubai, Tel-Aviv, Casablanca, Durban, Lisbon, Madrid, Dublin, Milan, Rome, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Las Vegas.
ACI FreightFlash results for April 2006 indicate that domestic freight volumes fell by 3.4 percent, offset by higher international freight tonnage at 4.4% increase compared to April 2005. For the month, global freight volume averaged a 1.8 percent increase, yielding a year-to-date average growth of 3.5 percent. Domestic freight fell by 10.5 percent in Europe and 5.9 percent in North America. “High fuel prices continue to divert freight to truck and rail transport in these regional markets,” Behnke observes. Tables 2 and 3 for full regional results.
Table 1 – Summary Worldwide Traffic Results for April 2006