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This ACI Policy Brief focuses on one specific management model, the airport network, and addresses its role in sustainability of airports with low traffic volume. It provides an overview of the state of airport networks worldwide, based on a robust dataset and inventory of the world’s airport networks.
The Aviation Benefits 2017 report explains in detail how well-supported air transport capabilities in cities, States and regions contribute tremendously to increasing consumer benefits and choices, job creation and numerous other socio-economic spin-offs.
The ACI World Airport Traffic Forecasts 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.

The Airport Data and Statistics Collection consists of ACI World's most recent data and statistics releases. It is comprised of a total of five products, which include over 20 years of traffic forecasts, datasets and reports on airport traffic throughout 2016, as well as an airport economics report and key performance indicators for the operating year 2015.

This year’s bundle includes provides a complete review of airport traffic trends throughout 2016 including regional commentary, in-depth analyses of historical trends, drivers and risks affecting air transport demand, and much more.
The Annual World Airport Traffic Report (PDF), 2017 edition provides a detailed review of 2016 operating and airport traffic trends in the world’s major aviation markets. ACI’s flagship publication remains the authoritative source and industry reference for airport traffic data, rankings and trends for over 2,400 airports in 175 countries worldwide.
The Annual World Airport Traffic Dataset is the most comprehensive airport statistics dataset in the aviation industry. It provides a view of air transport demand across the world's airports by three thematic areas: passengers, air cargo (freight and mail) and aircraft movements.
This white paper summarizes discussions that took place at the 3rd ACI-­‐World Bank Aviation Symposium (20 March 2017) and the 9th Airport Economics & Finance Conference (21-­‐22 March 2017) in London, United Kingdom. The report covers the information presented and any relevant associated discussions during the panel sessions.

A working group of the ACI World Safety and Technical Standing Committee was tasked to produce this updated version of the Apron Markings and Signs Handbook. Following its recommendations, we present this third edition, which now includes best practices for the application and maintenance of paint markings on aprons.

This edition of the ACI Airport Economics Report presents global analyses relative to airport activity for the financial year 2015 based on responses from 827 airports representing 73% of worldwide passenger traffic. As in previous years, the bedrock of the report consists of in-depth analysis, summaries and commentary on industry revenues (aeronautical and non-aeronautical) by source, costs (operating and capital) and their evolution over time.

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, the ACI Airport Key Performance Indicators and the ACI Airport Economics Report. Content and derived indicators are based on an annual survey that generated responses from 827 airports for the 2015 financial year.

The ACI Annual Report 2016 highlights the key achievements of ACI’s 25th Anniversary year from both a world and regional perspective. It focuses on a full spectrum of airport industry topics, ranging from security to economics, presenting how the work of ACI last year has helped to advance the collective interests of, and act as the voice of, the world’s airports and the communities they serve in both the present and the foreseeable future.

The ACI Policy Brief on airport ownership, economic regulation and financial performance aims to provide the state of the industry based on a robust dataset and inventory of the world’s major commercial airports and puts forth several practical policy recommendations to ensure that investment is attracted to the industry. The Brief emphasizes the need for flexibility and consistency in regulatory frameworks that govern airport revenues and capital investments. Specifically, it advocates a move toward well-crafted economic incentives that enables private equity to flow to the airport industry and helps contain the level of risk of such a capital intensive investment.

The 2016 Airport Key Performance Indicators provide insight into areas such as financial and employee performance, fixed-asset productivity and airport operations. The package includes 40 detailed statistical tables that 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 827 airports for the 2015 financial year.

The ACI Policy and Recommended Practices Handbook (8th edition) 2016 is a compilation of the policy positions approved by the ACI membership. It contains the current policies of the organisation for use by the staff of ACI World office and Regional Offices and by ACI representatives at international meetings.

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.

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.

This new Safety Management Systems (SMS) handbook is an action-orientated guide bringing together best practices, knowledge and experience from aerodromes around the world. It will assist aerodrome operators to create a robust SMS using the Plan, Do, Check, Act method.

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. 

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 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.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 ACI World Safety and Technical Standing Committee (STSC) presents the 2015 ACI Apron Safety Handbook, updated and expanded from Chapter 2 of the Airside Safety Handbook (4th edition). Aprons are the most congested and busiest areas of an airport with complex activities that are carried out under severe space and time constraints. This new handbook provides best practices for planning and design of apron layouts and facilities, standard operational practices for safe apron operations, and mitigation and prevention measures for maintenance and construction activities on aprons.

This publication examines the challenge of aviation noise and describes methods that airport operators and ANSPs can use to manage and reduce its impact. It reviews four current approaches for managing noise: reducing noise at the source; land use planning; noise-reducing operational procedures; and operating restrictions. Operational procedures include techniques such as tailored arrivals, continuous descent operations, arrival or departure path alternation and managing thrust. The noise mitigation measures described in the guide can be collaboratively implemented by ANSPs, airports and aircraft operators.

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.

The ACI 2014 Member Directory (World Airports and World Business Partners) have been combined into one handy back-to-back publication. The ACI World Airports Directory lists ACI Member airports and operators worldwide by region, country and company. The ACI World Business Partners Directory lists ACI World Business Partners by category and company name.

The ACI Annual Report 2014  highlights key ACI World, ACI Africa, ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI EUROPE, ACI Latin America-Caribbean and ACI North America achievements and activities aimed at helping airport operators contend effectively with the many challenges in airport management today.

The ACI World Safety and Technical Standing Committee (STSC) has developed this Handbook bringing together best practices, knowledge and experience from aerodromes around the world. The handbook assists aerodrome operators to develop and implement a robust aerodrome emergency plan, including restoration of operations after an emergency. It also deals with business continuity planning. The handbook covers the roles and responsibilities of aerodrome operators, as well as coordination of emergency response plans with other organizations interfacing with the aerodrome during an emergency.

The ACI World Safety and Technical Standing Committee (STSC) developed this Handbook to provide methodologies and best practices that can be implemented to assist airport operators to achieve a “state of the art” level of runway safety. This handbook provides guidance material for the development of a runway safety programme for all aerodrome (large or small) as well as ways to tailor, improve and expand existing programmes.

This guide aims to equip managers with a deeper understanding of the human factors that contribute to effective passenger screening. These factors cover the 'people' involved and how we recruit, select and train our security officers. They address the 'organization' structures and the work processes we use. They look at the 'technology' component - the critical interface between man and machine - and how well we optimize the screening checkpoint's working 'environment'.

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.


Wildlife Hazard Management is an important element of the operations of all airports. ACI is pleased to announce the release of the expanded and updated ACI Wildlife Hazard Management Handbook.

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 report of the Common Use Self Service (CUSS) Kiosk Survey conducted in 2005/2006 contains a snapshot of the current CUSS deployments. 90 airports responded to the survey giving a wide spread to the results. The report gives details on the types of deployments taking place at airports as well as details such as the location of kiosks, bag drop set ups, and the technology being deployed on the kiosks.

ACI Monthly World Airport Traffic Reports and Monthly International Passenger and Freight Reports
Airports increasingly rely on common use IT services within the terminal and airfield operations to reduce capacity congestion and increase efficiency. This new handbook provides a compilation of best industry practices taken from airports around the world and identifies some of the key areas that must be considered in the development of common use IT services. It provides airport operators with a high level overview as well as the detailed technical descriptions contained in the annexes.
This handbook, primarily addressed to airport operators, is intended to enhance the accessibility of air travel to persons with disabilities.
This manual provides guidance for airport operators wishing to manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The manual provides: clear definitions of terms; why an airport operator would manage GHG emissions; how to conduct a GHG emissions inventory; what GHG emissions species to include; how to categorize sources; references to documents assisting with the calculations of the quantities of emissions; the goals of an emissions management programme; GHG emissions reduction projects; becoming Carbon Neutral; reviewing programmes and reporting progress; and gaining accreditation for achievements made.

ACI Best Industry Practice Safety Management System (SMS) Gap Analysis and Audit Tool and accompanying Guidelines - 2010. In addition to the actual Audit Tool, the associated Guidelines will make it easier for auditors to perform a baseline audit and subsequently periodic audits, to assess the airport’s SMS, identify gaps and/or areas of improvement, thus enhancing safety at their site.
Ce manuel fournit des conseils pour les directeurs d’aéroport qui souhaitent gérer les gaz à effets de serre. Le manuel comprend une définition claire de la terminologie, les raisons pour lesquelles un directeur d’aéroport devrait s’occuper des gaz à effets de serre, comment organiser un inventaire des gaz à effets de serre, quelle sortes d’émissions inclure, comment classer les sources par catégorie, des références aux documents aidant aux calculs des quantités de gaz, les objectifs d’un programme de gestion des émissions, des projets concernant la réduction des (GES), comment devenir neutre en carbone, réviser les programmes et faire un rapport sur les progrès, et obtenir une accréditation pour les résultants obtenus.

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.

Este manual es una guía para operadores de aeropuertos que deseen manejar emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero. El manual provee: un glosario de definiciones; razones por las que un operador aeroportuario debería manejar emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero; cómo completar un inventario de emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero; qué tipos de emisiones incluir; cómo categorizar fuentes; referencia a documentos de ayuda en el cálculo de cantidades de emisiones; objetivos del programa de manejo de emisiones; proyectos de reducción de emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero; cómo convertirse en emisor neutral de dióxido de carbono; programas de revisión y de información sobre el progreso del tema; y cómo conseguir acreditación por los logros conseguidos.

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

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.

This Guide provides airport managers with an overview and better understanding of the Key Performance Areas (KPAs) that can be used to assess the individual strengths and weaknesses of airports.

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.

The ACI Airside Safety Handbook – 4th Edition provides airside managers with a comprehensive set of guidelines to enhance safety and to prevent, or to reduce as low as reasonably practicable accidents, incidents and occurrences at their airports.

The Application of Biometrics at Airports position paper provides general recommendations on the development and implementation of biometrically enabled programmes for border control, passenger facilitation and staff access control. It was produced by a Task Force set up by ACI’s Governing Board which approved the paper at its meeting on 6 November 2005.