International Passenger Traffic Remains Buoyant in September 2011

Passenger traffic rose in September 2011 with the world airports reporting a 5 percent increase compared to September 2010, according to ACI’s Pax Flash released earlier this week.

Robust growth was observed in international passenger traffic as it rose by almost 7 percent while domestic traffic increased by over 3 percent. The year to September 2011 showed world passenger traffic increasing by 5 percent with international traffic rising by over 6 percent and domestic passenger traffic increasing by over 3 percent.

North American international traffic grew by 5 percent in September over a year ago. The European region had the largest gain showing 8.3 percent. The continued unrest in North Africa caused a loss for the entire African region in September compared to the previous year. International traffic was down 9.3 percent and domestic traffic was down 1.0 percent, significantly better than previous months.

Total freight worldwide in September 2011 decreased by 3.7 percent compared to September 2010 with international freight down by 3 percent and domestic freight down by over 4 percent, according to the ACI’s Freight Flash. The results for the year to September 2011 show flat growth across the board for total, international and domestic freight.

In North America, total freight traffic increased only 0.5 percent over the previous year. North America’s freight traffic was below all other region’s traffic with the exception of the Middle East for September 2011.