A new report by Airports Council International (ACI) shows that global passenger traffic has significantly increased by 6.2% in May year over year, in line with the 6.5% year to date growth.

The major reason behind the growth continues to be the rising international passenger traffic, which reached 8.1% in May year over year.

At the regional level, Europe registered the highest passenger traffic growth of 8.2%, while Asia-Pacific registered a rise of 7.9%.

The primary growth factor in Europe was the rise in international passengers at 9% year over year compared to its domestic component at 6.1%.

In addition, the Russian Federation, Portugal, and the Netherlands, contributed to the passenger traffic growth, registering rates of 21.3%, 16.8%, and 9% respectively.

"Europe and North America registered the highest increases, with growth rates of 12% and 11.9% respectively."

In the Asia-Pacific region, the surge was distributed evenly between international (7.7%) and domestic (7.9%) passenger numbers.

Airports in India and China continued to contribute to the region’s sustained growth, though the airport in Beijing, China, which is the largest airport in the region, posted a slower growth.

The Middle East reported a significant slowdown in passenger traffic growth, with a 4.1% rise in May this year compared to the significant 11.4% surge in May last year.

In May, air freight volumes rose by 11.1% compared to the same month last year.

During the period, all regions posted high growth in cargo volume, however, Europe and North America registered the highest increases, with growth rates of 12% and 11.9% respectively.