ACI Media Press Release Archives (2006)
Abu Dhabi – Korea’s Incheon International Airport has been named Best Airport Worldwide according to the AETRA passenger survey programme that was jointly administered by ACI and IATA in 2005. Second place honours were awarded to Hong Kong International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport, with Kuala Lumpur International Airport taking the third place title – a remarkable performance for Asia Pacific airports.
Geneva - “ACI firmly rejects the proposal from French President Jacques Chirac to levy a new tax on air transport in order to create a development fund,” says ACI Director General Robert J Aaronson. “Singling out air transport, an industry recovering from a 5-year slump, to finance aid to developing countries can only be counter-productive.”
SYDNEY: February 2006 - Significant opportunities are emerging in airport and air navigation services development across the Asia Pacific and Middle East as infrastructure increasingly comes under pressure from massive growth in the region’s aviation sector.
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.”
Geneva - The world’s airports posted strong financial results for calendar year 2004 following a three-year decline, according to the newly published ACI Airport Economics Survey - 2005. Buoyed by steady traffic growth across all regions, airports reversed the downturn in operating margins and net profits, although the performance was still markedly below the operating results achieved in 1999 and 2000.
Geneva – ACI PaxFlash and FreightFlash reports for November 2005 indicate a continued growth trend. Worldwide passenger traffic rose by 4% in November 2005, as compared to November 2004, with international traffic figures increasing by 5% and domestic traffic up by 4% for the same period. For the 12-month period ending in November 2005, total passenger traffic worldwide has grown by 6%.