December 19 2016  |  Industry News

Global passenger traffic makes robust gains of 5.1% in October

By Jas Ryat

Global passenger traffic at the world's major airports in October rose 5.1% year-over-year, while international and domestic traffic grew 6.1% and 4.4%, respectively.

These figures are below the 12-month average trends of 5.7%, 6.3% and 5.3%, according to Airports Council International (ACI).

With the exception of Africa, which experienced a drop of 4.3%, all regions posted gains in passenger traffic. Ongoing security concerns in northern African states have weakened the region's air transport demand, ACI said. 

Asia Pacific airports reported the greatest increase in passenger traffic with gains of 8.4%. Guangzhou, Seoul Incheon, New Delhi and Kuala Lumpur, four of the region's major hubs, grew 11.8%, 12.6%, 19.2% and 14.6%, respectively.

Robust growth of 5.8% in passenger traffic was achieved across airports in the European region. Amsterdam and Barcelona grew 8.7% and 10.9%, respectively.

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