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Global Passenger Traffic Grows Modestly by 1.8% in April

MONTRÉAL, 7 June 2013 – Passenger traffic at airports increased modestly by +1.8% in April 2013. Airports also reported moderate increases of +2.4% in international passenger traffic and 1.3% in domestic passenger traffic compared to April 2012. Regional disparities persist with markets like the Middle East posting significant year-over-year gains at +10.2% in passenger traffic, while North America and Europe remain almost flat at -0.3% and +0.4% respectively. Many major European airports are feeling the brunt of the economic slowdown. Madrid (MAD), Paris (CDG), Frankfurt (FRA) and London (LHR) all experienced declines in traffic during the month of April. However, other airports such as Dubai (DXB), Istanbul (IST) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL) continue to experience double digit gains.

Total freight traffic worldwide increased by +1% in April 2013. Growth continues to be mixed across airports since approximately 50 percent of the world’s top twenty air freight hubs registered declines in air freight volume for the month of April. Looking at the volume of traffic over a twelve month horizon, from May 2012 to April 2013, there is negligible growth in air freight at a +0.4%. Nevertheless, Hong Kong (HKG) and Memphis (MEM), two of the world’s busiest air freight airports, posted relatively strong gains amidst the economic uncertainty in April at +4.5% and +4.3% respectively.

April 2013 Over April 2012 Year to Date 2013 12-Month Rolling Year
International Passenger 2.4 4.2 4.5
Domestic Passenger 1.3 1.3 1.4
Total Passenger 1.8 2.6 2.8
International Freight 1.1 (0.6) (0.5)
Domestic Freight 0.9 1.9 1.4
Total Freight 1.0 0.2 0.4
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Notes for editors

1.  Airports Council International (ACI), the only worldwide association of airports, has 580 member airport authorities, which operate over 1,650 airports in 179 countries. ACI’s mission is to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations, and this mandate is carried out through the organization’s multiple training opportunities, as well as the customer service benchmarking programme, a wide range of conferences, industry statistical products and best practice publications.

2.  PaxFlash and FreightFlash statistics are based on a significant sample of airports that provide regular monthly reports to ACI. They represent approximately 60% of total passenger traffic and 70% of total freight traffic worldwide. Commentary, tables and charts are based on preliminary data submitted by participating airports and are therefore subject to change.

3. Regional results and trend graphics are provided in the ACI PaxFlash and FreightFlash PDF.

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