ACI Media Releases

ACI Welcomes New International Aircraft Noise Standard - Feb 18, 2013

Montréal, Québec, Canada, 18 February 2013 – A new standard that will require improved noise performance from newly certified aircraft types was agreed at the Ninth Meeting of ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) on 7 February.

Passenger Traffic Grows by 4% in 2012 as Growth in Air Freight Remains Flat - Feb 07, 2013

Montréal, Québec, Canada, 07 February 2013 – Preliminary results point to an overall increase of +3.9% in global passenger traffic in 2012 as compared to the previous year. While the world’s top international airports in North America and Europe posted more modest gains in passenger traffic, air transport markets in emerging economies continue to show buoyant activity. Double digit growth rates in passenger traffic were observed in Istanbul (IST; +20.2%), Jakarta (CGK; +14.4%), Dubai (DXB; +13.2%) and Bangkok (BKK; +10.6%) in 2012. Moderate growth of +2.5% was observed in December of 2012 as domestic passenger markets recoiled in Europe, Latin America, Africa and North America. Conversely, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific persistently post strong gains in international passenger traffic with growth of +12.3% and +9.0% respectively for the month of December.

Young Aviation Professionals Programme Launched by ACI, ICAO and IATA - Jan 10, 2013

Montréal, Québec, Canada, 10 January 2013 – Yesterday, Airports Council International (ACI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) establishing the global Young Aviation Professionals Programme. The programme will attract well-qualified young aviation professionals who have an interest in international civil aviation policy development and will bring those professionals to Montreal to the three organizations.

Passenger Traffic Posts Moderate Growth as Air Freight Moves into Positive Territory in November - Jan 10, 2013

Montréal, Québec, Canada, 10 January 2013 Global passenger traffic continued along the growth path for the month of November increasing by +3.2% from the previous year. A major contributor to the on-going growth was the international passenger market with gains of +6% whereas domestic traffic experienced only a +1.1% gain. With the perpetual concerns regarding the Eurozone, domestic traffic has been stifled with a contraction of -5.5% in Europe. Moreover, although growth prospects are relatively limited in North America since the region is already working at capacity, the fiscal cliff is not alleviating the standstill with respect to year over year growth. Conversely, international passenger markets in Asia-Pacific showed robust growth at +11.5%. More specifically, the growth velocity stems from airports based in South-East Asia. Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Singapore (SIN) each reported double digit gains of +13.1% and +12.2% respectively for the month of November. Although Bangkok experienced growth of +20.6%, it should be noted that traffic was significantly curtailed in November 2011 due to the destructive floods affecting the region.

Passenger Traffic Slows to 2.3% growth in October as Air Freight Stagnates - Dec 11, 2012

Montréal, 11 December 2012 – Global passenger traffic showed only modest gains for the month of October. While emerging markets in Asia-Pacific, Latin America-Caribbean and the Middle East all posted gains of over +5%, the economic slowdown in North American and European markets resulted in almost no change in year-over-year passenger traffic. Adding to this fact, many major North American airports along the eastern seaboard were temporarily crippled by Hurricane Sandy. Miami (MIA), New York (JFK) and Newark (EWR) all faced declines of -3.2, -3.8 and -8.3% respectively, which was attributable mainly to the hurricane. On the other hand, a few key international airports in emerging markets continue to have buoyant traffic increases helping to maintain a global growth trend in positive territory. Singapore (SIN), Istanbul (IST) and Jakarta (CGK) continue to experience double-digit growth rates.

Airports Council International (ACI) Signs Joint Declaration on Air Navigation Service Infrastructure - Nov 15, 2012

Montréal, Québec, CANADA, 15 November 2012 – Today, during the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum 2012, the largest event of its nature in the Latin American and Caribbean commercial aviation industry, Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World signed the ACI, ACI-LAC, ALTA, CANSO, IATA Joint Declaration on Airport and Air Navigation Service Infrastructure in the Latin American and Caribbean Region.

Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World Accepts ACC Aviation Award of Excellence and Launches Airport Passenger Advocacy Project - Nov 08, 2012

Montréal, Québec, CANADA, 8 November 2012 – Today, during the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Annual Conference & Exposition awards luncheon in Bonita Springs, Florida, Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World accepted her award as recipient of the 2012 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence.

Passenger Traffic Decelerates to 3% Growth Year Over Year in September - Nov 06, 2012

Montréal, 06 November 2012 – As a result of contractions in the domestic passenger markets of Europe and North America, global passenger traffic slowed to almost +3% for the month of September. With weak economic performance and continued uncertainty threatening the two regions, Europe and North America saw declines of -3.8% and -1% respectively in domestic passenger traffic. Major airports in the two regions such as Madrid (MAD), Dallas (DFW) and Las Vegas (LAS) saw declines of -9.5%, -3.9% and -3% respectively. On the other hand, major airports in emerging markets continue to counterbalance the slowdown from other regions with sustained demand for air transport. Istanbul (IST), Dubai (DXB), Jakarta (CGK) and Beijing (PEK) posted growth of +19.7%, +12.8%, +6.5% and +4.1% respectively.

ACI Releases its Global Traffic Forecast 2012-2031: Global Passenger Traffic will Top 12 Billion by 2031 - Oct 25, 2012

Montréal, Québec, CANADA, 25 October 2012 – ACI World’s Director General Angela Gittens today announced the publication of ACI’s 2013 edition of the Global Traffic Forecast 2012-2031. According to Angela Gittens, “The data included in the Forecast is relied up by our members, aviation regulators and governments worldwide as an essential tool to help them plan capacity enhancements to meet the future demand for travel.”

Passenger Traffic Continues on Upward Trajectory at 5% Growth Year over Year in August - Oct 05, 2012

Montréal, 05 October 2012 – All regions posted strong year-over-year gains in passenger traffic in August 2012 although a major source of the sustained expansion in passenger traffic continues to be primarily from emerging markets. Major Asian airports such as Jakarta (CGK), Bangkok (BKK) and Singapore (SIN) each experienced double digit gains of +25.7%, +11.4%, +10.9% respectively. Moving westward, the airports of Dubai (DXB) and Istanbul (IST) also posted remarkable growth over +20% for the month of August. With the on-going uncertainty and fiscal challenges that hang over European and North American economies, the overall global freight markets remain sluggish as total freight was almost flat at +0.6% in August 2011. Although modest gains in freight traffic were observed in certain regions, Europe experienced a decline of -1.2% in traffic. The major freight hubs of Paris (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS) and Frankfurt (FRA) experienced declines of -10.2%, -4.1% and -4,0% respectively. Asia-Pacific also recorded weak performance in freight traffic with a year over growth of +0.4%.