A new Airport Council International (ACI) report has revealed that sustained growth in passenger traffic continued throughout Q3 2017.
Growth remained unaffected by the geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.
In September this year, year-over-year traffic across Europe reached 8.9%, which is almost double the global rate.
In addition, passenger volumes in the Asia-Pacific and Africa reached 7.3% and 6.6% respectively compared to the same period last year. The Latin America-Caribbean region registered a moderate rise of 3.2%.
Passenger numbers at airports located in Puerto Rico (SJU) and Miami (MIA) reported a significant year-over-year fall of 34.4% and 21.9% respectively.
Year-to-date figures in September for both Latin America-Caribbean and North America remained positive with respective growth rates of 4.5% and 3.1%.
At Doha airport, passenger traffic posted a considerable decline of 18.3% compared to the same period last year and more than 5% points lower than that of August this year.
In terms of cargo, global surge affecting freight volumes reduced in September 2017 with year-over-year figures reducing to 6.8%, which posted a fall from the 10.5% registered in August.
During the month, most regions registered strong freight traffic, with Africa posting the highest growth rate of 16.2% compared to the same month last year.
The Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East regions also reported considerable increases, with 9.4%, 8%, and 7.3% growth rates respectively.