World Passenger Traffic Jumps Strongly In April 2011

Traffic results show passenger demand rose strongly in April 2011 with the world airports reporting an 11 percent increase compared to April 2010, according to ACI’s Pax Flash released this week.

International passenger traffic rose by 17 percent while domestic traffic increased by 6 percent compared to the same period in 2010. The first four months of 2011 showed world passenger traffic increasing by 6 percent with international traffic rising by 8 percent and domestic passenger traffic increasing by 4 percent.

North American international traffic grew by 7.6 percent in April over a year ago. The European region had the largest gain, 31 percent. The continued unrest in North Africa caused a loss for the entire African region in April compared to the previous April. International traffic was down 13.5 percent and domestic traffic was down 3.8 percent.

Total freight worldwide in April 2011 rose by 2 percent compared to April 2010 with international freight up by 3 percent and domestic freight down by 1 percent, according to the ACI’s Freight Flash also released this week. The results for the first four months of 2011 show total freight rising by 3 percent with international up over 3 percent and domestic by 2 percent.

In North America, total international and domestic freight traffic declined 2.9 percent in April over the previous April. The largest increase was the European region with a 15.8 increase from April 2010.