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Passenger traffic reported strong growth in July; air freight volumes remained sluggish

Montreal, 15 September 2016Global passenger traffic grew 5.4% in July 2016 and 5.8% in the first seven months of the year. Major commercial airports reported a robust increase of 7.4% in international passenger traffic and a modest 3.8% growth rate in domestic passenger traffic. Air freight markets were left behind with 1.9% growth in total freight during the month of July. An optimistic 3.9% growth in international freight was counterbalanced by a 2.7% decline in domestic air freight volumes.

While Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions led global growth in passenger traffic at 15.3% and 11.6% respectively year-over-year, the mature markets of Europe and North America demonstrated lower growth of 3.9% and 2.3%. The recessionary Africa and Latin America-Caribbean regions reported -0.4% and +0.7% respectively in total passenger traffic during the month of July.

With regard to international passenger traffic, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific reported comparable growth rates of 15.7% and 14.6% respectively in July, while the year-to-date figures were somewhat lower at 10.3% and 11.1% respectively.

The major commercial airports of the United States, China and Japan reported 1.9%, 7.2% and 4% growth in total passenger traffic volumes. Korea and India remained the growth leaders of the Asia-Pacific region with impressive double-digit growth rates of 37.4% and 23% at their major commercial airports. Spain kept momentum with 11.1% growth in passenger volumes during the month of July and 11.5% on a year-to-date basis.

In terms of absolute growth during the month of July, several airports are worth mentioning: Incheon (ICN, +44.4% or +1.63 million passengers), Dubai (DXB, +14% or +0.93 million passengers), Delhi (DEL, +23.3% or +0.89 million passengers), Doha (DOH, +27.5% or +0.75 million passengers and Jeju (CJU, +35.2% or +0.72 million passengers). The high growth rates at both Korean airports were due to the recovery of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak in 2015.

The 3.9% growth in international freight during the month of July inspired some optimism, even though the year-to-date figure for both international and total freight was below 1%. International freight in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America—the three largest international air freight markets—grew 5.3%, 1% and 6.7% respectively. Domestic air freight traffic was much weaker during the same period: major freight hubs in North America reported a 5% decline, while in Asia-Pacific, domestic air freight grew only by 0.8%.

The largest air freight hubs of the United States, China and Japan reported -0.2%, +4.5% and +1.8% respectively. The key air freight hubs of Korea posted impressive growth of 8% during the month of July. In terms of absolute growth during the month of July, the top position was occupied by the Middle East air freight hub of Doha (DOH, +20% or +24,173 tonnes), while the following six positions belong to air freight hubs in Asia-Pacific, namely Hong Kong (HKG, +4.7% or +17,134 tonnes), Incheon (ICN, +7.9% or + 16,141 tonnes), Singapore (SIN, +9.4% or +13,900) and Shanghai-Pudong (PVG, +4.6% or +12,203 tonnes). On a year-to-date basis, Doha (DOH), Guangzhou (CAN) and Singapore (SIN) were the leaders in absolute growth (+162,491, +60,182 and +51,800 tonnes respectively).

Notes for editors
1. Airports Council International, the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. To learn more about ACI, please click here.

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 below.

4. For a PDF of this press release, please click here.

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