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Growth in passenger traffic slows to 2% year-over-year as air freight contracts in July - Sep 07, 2012

Montréal, 07 September 2012 – With many major international airports in Europe and North America reporting lacklustre figures in passenger traffic in July, overall growth in global passenger markets slowed to +2% year-over-year. Counterbalancing the slowdown in these markets is the continued strong demand in emerging markets. The major airports of Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Latin America-Caribbean posted robust year-over-year gains. Beijing (PEK), Dubai (DXB) and São Paulo (GRU) achieved growth of +6.1%, +6.0% and +9.0% respectively.

Freight markets suffered a decline of -2% in traffic volumes in July. Whereas many Asian airports experienced a buoyant rise in year-over-year passenger traffic, the opposite is occurring in the freight market. Hong Kong (HKG) and Shanghai (PVG) saw declines of -1.8% and -7.1% respectively. All but Africa and the Middle East, observed declines in freight traffic. Johannesburg (JNB) and Abu Dhabi (AUH) had double-digit gains of +13.0% and +27.8%.

ACI World’s Economics Director Rafael Echevarne commented, “Regional trends in air transport markets continue to be mixed reflecting the combination of resilient demand from emerging markets and the slowdown of European and American economies. The net result is a modest overall growth rate in passenger traffic for the month of July. Air freight, on the other hand, is clearly in a contraction phase as business confidence wanes in parallel.”

TABLE 1: SUMMARY WORLDWIDE TRAFFIC RESULTS, July 2012 (% CHANGE)
 
 
July 2012
Over July 2011
Year to date
2012
12-month
 rolling year
PaxFlash
International passenger
2.9
5.7
5.4
Domestic passenger
1.8
3.7
3.4
Total passenger
2.2
4.6
4.2
FreightFlash
International freight
(1.7)
(1.4)
(2.2)
Domestic freight
(1.9)
(0.3)
(0.8)
Total freight
(2.1)
(1.4)
(2.0)

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Notes for editors

1. Airports Council International (ACI), the only worldwide association of airports, has 580 member airport authorities, which operate over 1,650 airports in 179 countries. ACI’s mission is to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations, and this mandate is carried out through the organization’s multiple training opportunities, as well as the customer service benchmarking programme, a wide range of conferences, industry statistical products and best practice publications.

2. PaxFlash and FreightFlash statistics are based on a significant sample of airports that provide regular monthly reports to ACI. They represent approximately 60% of total passenger traffic and 70% of total freight traffic worldwide. Commentary, tables and charts are based on preliminary data submitted by participating airports and are therefore subject to change.

3. Regional results and trend graphics are provided on the
 full downloadable document.

4. For further information, contact Cheryl Marcell:CMarcell@aci.aero