ACI Airport Economics and Statistics Publications 

ACI ASQ team has launched an innovative guide, ACI Passenger Personas: A new approach to passenger profiling. This publication aims to support airports in developing a deeper understanding of the needs of the traveler.

A persona is a semi fictional way to model, summarize and communicate research undertaken on airport passengers. ACI Passenger Personas presents six key personas based on Airports Service Quality (ASQ) 2015 passenger data gathered from over 550,000 travelers and 300 airports worldwide. The six passenger personas represent key profile groups that allow airports to strategically create different customer experiences to meet the needs of different passenger types. The research methodology behind the guide represent a significant advance on the traditional approach to passenger profiling, creating in-depth portraits that evolve to reflect passenger behavior.

The WATF is disseminated in a standard EXCEL format. Aggregate airport traffic figures are presented for total passengers (international and domestic), air cargo volumes (in metric tonnes) and aircraft movements. Both absolute figures and compounded annual growth rates are presented over three time horizons which include short-, medium- and long-term over the 2016–2040 period. In addition to global forecasts, regional forecasts are presented for Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America-Caribbean, Middle East and North America. Airport traffic forecasts are also presented for major markets which consist of individualized national projections for over 90 countries.

The ACI World Airport Traffic Forecasts (WATF) is disseminated in a standard EXCEL format. Aggregate airport traffic figures are presented for total passengers (international and domestic), air cargo volumes (in metric tonnes) and aircraft movements. Both absolute figures and compounded annual growth rates are presented over three time horizons which include short-, medium- and long-term over the 2016–2040 period.

The ACI Annual World Airport Traffic Dataset (Excel) covers airport traffic statistics for the 2015 and 2014 calendar year for over 2,300 airports in 160 countries, by three thematic areas: passengers, cargo (freight and mail) and aircraft movements. Data is presented by airport, city, country and region; furthermore, individual airport entries feature international and domestic terminal breakdowns.

This innovative research paper is a vital tool for airports in their efforts to analyze, target and raise non-aeronautical revenue. The in-depth analysis places a unique focus on the impact of customer service provision on commercial revenue performance, charting new paths to growth in both service performance and revenue delivery.

The ACI Annual World Airport Traffic Dataset (Excel version) and the ACI Annual World Airport Traffic Report (PDF) have become two indispensable resources in any forward-looking airport’s toolkit, and are now being offered in a discounted bundle. This year’s editions cover airport traffic statistics and analyses for the 2015 and 2014 calendar year for over 2,300 airports in 160 countries. Both outputs are divided into three thematic areas—passengers, cargo (freight and mail) and aircraft movements. Data is presented by airport, city, country and region, and individual airport entries feature international and domestic breakdowns.

The ACI Annual World Airport Traffic Dataset (Excel version) covers airport traffic statistics for the 2015 and 2014 calendar year for over 2,300 airports in 160 countries, by three thematic areas: passengers, cargo (freight and mail) and aircraft movements. Data is presented by airport, city, country and region; furthermore, individual airport entries feature international and domestic terminal breakdowns.

The 2015 ACI Annual World Airport Traffic Report (PDF) provides comprehensive data coverage for over 2,300 airports in 160 countries worldwide. ACI’s flagship publication remains the authoritative source and industry reference for the latest airport traffic data, rankings and trends on air transport demand. In depth analyses and detailed statistical data is presented by three thematic areas: passengers, air cargo (freight and mail) and aircraft movements. International and domestic traffic breakdowns are also presented in this publication.

Airports are complex businesses that operate in unique and evolving physical, financial and regulatory environments. To give stakeholders the competitive edge they need, ACI has packaged two of its most popular outputs into one discounted bundle: ACI’s Airport Key Performance Indicators and the 2015 ACI Airport Economics Report.

ACI’s Airport Key Performance Indicators provide invaluable insight into areas ranging from financial and employee performance to fixed-asset productivity and airport operations. This complete package of indicators—which includes over 40 detailed statistical tables—is designed to provide quantifiable barometers of industry activity for airport managers, analysts, investors and other aviation stakeholders.

This edition of the ACI Airport Economics Report presents global analyses relative to airport activity for the financial year 2014. An in-depth analysis of air transport demand across the globe and in key emerging markets is presented. As in previous years, the bedrock of the report consists of summaries of and commentary on industry revenues (aeronautical and non-aeronautical) by source and costs (operating and capital), and their evolution over time.

Both outputs are based on an annual survey that generated responses from 818 airports for the 2014 financial year. Together, these airports handled 4.8 billion passengers or about 71% of worldwide passenger traffic in 2014.

Airports are complex businesses that operate in unique and evolving physical, financial and regulatory environments. ACI’s Airport Key Performance Indicators provide invaluable insight into areas ranging from financial and employee performance to fixed-asset productivity and airport operations. The use of internationally comparable indicators provides quantifiable barometers of industry activity, and these indicators are presented as industry averages based on various groupings:

  • airport size (e.g., <1 million passengers to >40 million passengers);
  • economic grouping (e.g., advanced economies, emerging and developing economies, BRICS, etc.);
  • geographical region;
  • regulatory model; and
  • ownership (e.g., public, private, public-private partnership).


This complete package of indicators—which includes over 40 detailed statistical tables—is designed to provide quantifiable barometers of industry activity for airport managers, analysts, investors and other aviation stakeholders. The derived indicators are based on an annual survey that generated responses from 818 airports for the 2014 financial year. Together, these airports handled 4.8 billion passengers or about 71% of worldwide passenger traffic in 2014.

Airports are complex businesses that operate in unique and evolving physical, financial and regulatory environments. Thus, monitoring industry activity based on quantifiable barometers is critical to evidence-based decision making. This edition of the ACI Airport Economics Report presents global analyses relative to airport activity for the financial year 2014. An in-depth analysis of air transport demand across the globe and in key emerging markets is presented. As in previous years, the bedrock of the report consists of summaries of and commentary on industry revenues (aeronautical and non-aeronautical) by source and costs (operating and capital), and their evolution over time.

The content of this report is based on an annual survey that generated responses from 818 airports for the 2014 financial year. Together, these airports handled 4.8 billion passengers or about 71% of worldwide passenger traffic in 2014.

The 2014 ACI World Airport Traffic Report provides comprehensive analysis of trends, rankings and traffic statistics for over 2,200 airports in more than 160 countries, by three thematic areas: passengers, cargo (freight and mail) and aircraft movements. International and domestic traffic breakdowns are presented as well.

The ACI ANNUAL World Airport Traffic Report (Excel) covers airport traffic statistics for the 2014 calendar year for over 2,200 airports in more than 160 countries, by three thematic areas: passengers, cargo (freight and mail) and aircraft movements. Data is presented by airport, city, country and region; furthermore, individual airport entries feature international and domestic terminal breakdowns.

This document is designed to be a guide on the economic regulation of airports. The purpose of the guide is to provide information to help airports understand economic regulation and the different ways such regulation might be implemented. This can be used to assist in the education of airport stakeholders on airport economic regulation. The guide also discusses the criteria for the application of regulation, recognising that regulation is not required in all circumstances.

The 2013 edition of the ACI Global Traffic Forecast Report covers 2012-2031. It is based on detailed inputs from close to 200 airports all over the world, from small O & D airports to large hubs. This high level of coverage means that the ACI / DKMA forecasting team is confident that the forecasts closely reflect industry expectations and are the most accurate forecasts available at the time of writing.

The ACI Statistics Manual: a practical guide addressing best practice (2011) promotes Best Practice in airport statistics collection, dissemination and presentation.

The ACI World Airport Traffic dataset covers airport traffic statistics for the 2011 calendar year for over 1,400 airports in more than 150 countries by three thematic areas: passengers, cargo (freight and mail) and aircraft movements. Data is presented by airport, city, country and region and individual airport entries give international and domestic terminal breakdowns as well.

The ACI Monthly World Airport Traffic Report features detailed statistics and regional summaries covering passengers, cargo and aircraft movements for approximately 1000 airports participating in the monthly collection.

ACI Monthly World Airport Traffic Reports and Monthly International Passenger and Freight Reports

The ACI MONTHLY International Passengers and Freight Traffic Report features detailed statistics and regional summaries covering international passengers and international freight for approximately 650 airports participating in the monthly collection.

The ACI Airport Traffic Forecasting Manual: a practical guide addressing best practice (2011). An overview of best practices in airport traffic forecasting including recommendations on collection and analysis, and presentation of forecasts for various timelines.