ACI Media Releases

Passenger Traffic Ends the Year Strong as Air Freight Shows Signs of a Revival - Feb 11, 2014

Montréal, 11 February 2014 – Global passenger traffic ended the year strong with year-over-year growth of over 6% for the month of December. This represents the month with the highest growth over a twelve month period. Both international and domestic traffic performed above the annualized average achieving growth rates of 6.6% and 6.2% respectively. For the year as a whole, 2013 saw passenger traffic increase by 4%. This growth in air travel occurs in a year that was riddled with economic challenges ranging from the cyclical slowdown in emerging markets to the lingering economic uncertainties in the euro area and the United States.

Moderate Increase in Passenger Traffic as Air Freight Posts Gain for Second Month in a Row for November - Jan 10, 2014

Montréal, 10 January 2014 – The world’s airports reported an overall passenger growth of 3.1% in November driven mainly by international traffic, which saw an increase of 4%, while domestic traffic grew modestly by 2.2%. Latin America-Caribbean, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East all experienced robust year-over-year growth of 8.9%, 6.1% and 6.1% respectively. Europe experienced growth of 3.3%. On the other hand, both North America and Africa were in decline for the month of November contracting by 0.9% and 8.4% respectively. Among the world’s major airports, Dubai (DXB) reported the highest year-over-year growth in passenger traffic at 9.5%, which placed it fifth overall in total passenger numbers for the month of November.

ACI and IATA Collaborate to Deliver Smart Security - Dec 12, 2013

12 December 2013 (Geneva/Montreal) – Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) jointly to develop Smart Security (SmartS). With the MoU, ACI and IATA can better align their resources and expertise to improve the journey from curb to boarding. Passengers will be able to proceed through security checkpoints with minimal inconvenience, security resources are allocated based on risk, and airport facilities are optimized.  

Passenger Traffic Posts Solid Gains as Air Freight is Revived in October - Dec 09, 2013

Montréal, 9 December 2013 – Airports Council International announced traffic results showing that global passenger traffic continued along its growth path for the month of October increasing by 4.9% from the previous year. With global passenger growth in the realm of 3% year-over-year for the last twelve months, October represented a banner month for passenger traffic as airports in advanced economies bounced back with strong gains heading into the third quarter of 2013.

Global Airport Decision Makers to Gather in Bangkok to Discuss Commercial Revenues - Nov 21, 2013

- Non-aeronautical revenues are vital to the economics of airports -

Montréal, 22 November 2013  – The Trinity Forum, the leading global airport commercial revenues conference, will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 26-28 February 2014.

 The Trinity Forum has become the must-attend event on non-aeronautical revenue generation for airport executives.  In order to bring airport performances to the next level, decision makers continually strive to discover the latest in best practices, to share information and to identify ways to increase market penetration. This year’s  conference theme, ‘Towards Cutting-Edge Retail’ will champion excellence and innovation across a range of areas from supply chain to social media, design to data capture, as well as explore the upside potential of true industry stakeholder collaboration.

ACI Congratulates Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu on his Election as President of the Council of ICAO - Nov 19, 2013

Montréal, 19 November 2013 – Airports Council International (ACI) extends its warmest congratulations to the newly elected President of the Council of ICAO, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.

 Dr. Aliu's election was confirmed on 18 November when the 36 States that comprise ICAO's Governing Council registered their unanimous agreement during the Council's 200th Session. Dr. Aliu's three-year term will take effect on 1 January 2014 and end on 31 December 2016. Nigeria presented his candidature on 8 March 2013.

Passenger Traffic Grows by 4.1% for the Month of September - Nov 08, 2013

Montréal, 11 November 2013 – The world’s airports reported an overall year-over-year gain of 4.1% in passenger traffic for the month of September. Accumulated traffic over a twelve month period from October 2012 to September 2013 increased by 3.1%. While overall growth has become relatively subdued as compared to 2012 and 2011 levels, air transport demand has remained resilient in the face of downside risks across the global economic landscape.

Passenger Traffic Achieves Strong Growth of 4.8% for the Month of August - Oct 07, 2013

Montréal, 7 October 2013 – Passenger traffic experienced a slight surge in growth to almost +5% for August compared to previous months over the first and second quarters of 2013. Annualized growth of passenger traffic for the period from September 2012 to August 2013 was registered at +2.9%. International passenger traffic was a leading driver of this growth for August. In particular, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific both experienced double digit gains of +18.6% and +10.2% respectively in international passenger traffic. This is supported by key airport hubs in these regions such as Dubai (DXB) and Jakarta (CGK), which continue to experience robust gains in passenger traffic on a monthly basis. Dubai (DXB) continues to realize its gains in international passenger traffic for August (+23%) by serving as the fulcrum that connects east and west, while Jakarta’s traffic growth (+16%) is largely attributed to its burgeoning domestic market of over 42 million passengers per annum.

ACI Appoints New Director of Communications and Events - Oct 07, 2013

MONTREAL, 7 October 2013 – Today, Airports Council International (ACI) announced the appointment of Martine Ohayon as Director Communications and Events, effective 7 October. She will be based at ACI World in Montreal, Canada.

Passenger Traffic Posts Moderate Gains of 2% for the Month of July - Sep 05, 2013

Montréal, 5 September 2013 – Growth rates have fallen across the world to more modest levels for the month of July as compared to previous months. While the Asia-Pacific region leads global growth in passenger traffic at +5.9% year-over-year, overall global growth is at +2.2%. The world’s top 20 busiest airports in terms of passenger traffic achieved growth of 1.6% for the month of July, while the world’s two busiest airports experienced declines in passenger traffic. Both Atlanta (ATL) and Beijing (PEK) observed a decline in passenger traffic by -3.2% and -2.7% respectively.