International air cargo and passenger traffic in US airports fell sharply in April due to wide spread global economic slowdown, the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) has reported.

US Airlines witnessed a drop of 6.3% in passenger traffic and 28% in cargo traffic in April 2009, compared to same month previous year.

ATA has reported an 18% decline in passenger revenue of US Airlines in April 2009 as compared to April 2008, the sixth consecutive month revenue has fallen in comparison to the previous year.

The average price to fly one mile dropped by 12% in transatlantic, transpacific and Latin markets.

US airlines also saw a decline of 21% in cargo revenue in March 2009 showing a gradual decrease over the past eight months.

Commercial aviation helps drive $1.1tn in US economic activity and is responsible for more than ten million US jobs every year.

ATA airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90% of all US airline passenger and cargo traffic.