ACI Records 3.9 Per Cent Global Passenger Growth

Global passenger traffic rose 3.9 per cent in 2012, according to a preliminary 2012 report by Airports Council International (ACI). While airports in North America and Europe posted modest gains in passenger traffic, emerging economies showed continued growth. Double-digit passenger growth was recorded in Istanbul (20.2 per cent), Jakarta (14.4 per cent), Dubai (13.2 per cent) and Bangkok (10.6 per cent). ACI recorded an overall decline of 1.3 per cent for air freight throughout December. Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and Asia-Pacific experienced declines of 2.7 per cent, 2.6 per cent, 1.5 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively. ACI World's economics director, Rafael Echevarne, commented: “Air freight had mixed results throughout 2012 with some months posting modest gains while other months posted declines… As the global economy and international trade picks up steam we are optimistic to see higher growth rates for both passenger and freight traffic in 2013.”

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