ACI World announces preliminary passenger traffic data

2 March 2020 (Last Updated March 2nd, 2020 14:40)

Airports Council International (ACI) World has announced that, in December, worldwide passenger traffic increased by 4.9% compared to the same month the year before. 

ACI World announces preliminary passenger traffic data
Airports Council International (ACI) is the global trade representative of airport authorities around the world. Credit: Simon_sees.

Airports Council International (ACI) World has announced that, in December, worldwide passenger traffic increased by 4.9% compared to the same month the year before.

According to a preliminary data sample from major airports around the world, airports saw a 3.4% passenger growth compared to the previous year’s 6.4%.

For the freight industry, the initial end-of-year results saw a decrease of 2.5%, while 2018 saw an increase of 3.4%.

ACI added that freight volumes started to recover towards the last three months of the year, however, this is expected to be disrupted due to the Covid-19 global public health emergency.

Meanwhile, in December, both international and domestic passenger segments saw an equal increase of 4.9%.

For the full year, the international market saw a preliminary growth of 4.1% while the domestic market recorded an increase of 2.8%.

The North American and Asia-Pacific markets registered a year-on-year (YoY) increase of 6.4% and 6% respectively, with both international and domestic segments seeing good growth.

The European market recorded a YoY passenger traffic increase of 2.8% while the year ended on an increase of 3.2%.

In addition, Africa’s preliminary year-end growth was at 6.7%, the Middle East posted an increase of 3.3% and Latin America-Caribbean saw a growth of 3.7%.

ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said: “With ongoing trade wars and rising geopolitical tension in the Middle East, the global environment in 2019 was certainly challenging for air transport.

“Though a recovery for the freight industry was starting to emerge in the later part of the year, we now face a health crisis that could stifle the uptrend and lead us into another volatile year in 2020.

“The developing situation may not be a momentary shock to the air transport industry; rather it has the potential to produce a significant shift in this year’s global economic growth trend.”

Last month, ACI Asia-Pacific stated that the Asia-Pacific and Middle East airport revenues are under high pressure in January and February, even with moderate growth last year, due to the recent Covid-19 epidemic.