ACI Media Releases

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%.

Airports Resolve to Safeguard the Interests of the Travelling Public - Sep 24, 2012

Montréal, Québec, CANADA, 24 September 2012 – At the 22nd ACI World General Assembly in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the world’s airports unanimously supported a resolution that empowers Angela Gittens, ACI World’s Director General, to begin:

1. Developing and implementing a strategy to address these issues with regulators and other aviation partners;

2. Working with ICAO to review existing passenger protection policies globally with the aim of establishing minimum standards;

3. Establishing recommended practices and guidance material to help airports to coordinate with aviation stakeholders to better prepare for periods of flight disruption or irregular operation; and

4. Promoting the adoption of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) solutions to help aviation partners to optimize their operation and to resolve disruptions and other impacts from events or incidents.

Advising Governments Worldwide of the Economic and Business Challenges Faced by the Airport Industry - Sep 19, 2012

Montréal, Québec, CANADA, 19 September 2012 – At the 22nd ACI World General Assembly in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the world’s airports unanimously supported a resolution to:

1. Concentrate their efforts on educating regional, national and supra-national governments to support the development of airport infrastructure in order to ensure the sustainable social, economic and environmental development of the regions they serve.

2. Pursue the adoption of government regulation that fosters and incentivizes rational and timely infrastructure investment by the public or private sectors.

3. Work to enlighten governments on the negative economic and social impact of imposing taxes on aviation on a national or multi-national level for the sole purpose of addressing general budgetary deficits.

Airports Urge States and Other Stakeholders to Work Collaboratively through ICAO to Reach Agreement on Market Based Measures to Reduce Aviation’s Impact on the Environment - Sep 18, 2012

Montréal, Québec, CANADA, 18 September 2012 – At the 22nd ACI World General Assembly in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the world’s airports unanimously supported a resolution to urge states, all sectors of industry and other stakeholders to work collaboratively and provide their renewed commitment to work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to reach agreement on a single global market based measure to reduce aviation’s impact on the environment before the 38th ICAO Assembly. The world’s airports also recognized the contributions that airports can make to being part of the solution.