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ACI: Worldwide airport traffic sluggish in July

Total global passenger traffic growth remained flat in July 2008 compared to 2007. Even the normally more buoyant international traffic grew by only a modest 1 percent and domestic dropped 1.4 percent. For the first seven months of the year the average worldwide stands at 2.3 percent growth and at 5 percent for international traffic…

Total global passenger traffic growth remained flat in July 2008 compared to 2007. Even the normally more buoyant international traffic grew by only a modest 1 percent and domestic dropped 1.4 percent. For the first seven months of the year the average worldwide stands at 2.3 percent growth and at 5 percent for international traffic.

The results also reflect a second consecutive month of domestic traffic contraction. Affected by flat European international traffic and a decline in the Asia Pacific region (Japan, Korea and China), overall results were below average for the season. Airports cite high energy prices, inflationary tendencies, declining stock markets and slowing economies around the world as causes. In the US, domestic traffic has been affected by route and frequency cuts with direct impact for almost every major airport. In Europe, domestic traffic continues its decline due to lower demand and alternative transport modes.

World freight traffic remained sluggish, with total freight handled worldwide in July 2008 down by 1.5 percent compared to July 2007. International and domestic tonnage also down by 1.5 and 1.7 percent respectively. The first seven months of 2008 showed total freight rising by 1.5 percent and international freight up by 3 percent, whereas domestic freight dropped by 3 percent. (See regional results in Tables 2 and 3 below)

TABLE 1: Summary Worldwide Traffic Results, JULY 2008 (% change)

 

Month over month July 2008 over July  2007

YTD  (Jan- July  2008) Over YTD 2007

Rolling 12 months,through July  2008

PaxFlash

International passenger

1.2

4.8

6.3

Domestic passenger

(1.4)

0.4

1.9

Total passenger

(0.3)

2.3

3.8

FreightFlash

International freight

(1.5)

3.1

4.2

Domestic freight

(1.7)

(3.0)

(2.3)

Total freight

(1.5)

1.5

2.4

 

TABLE 2: PaxFlash Summary

July 2008

Regions

JULY 2008

% YOY

YTD –  JULY  2008

% YOY

YE –  JULY 2008

% YOY

International passengers

AFR   5 092  10.0   31 095  14.3   53 837  15.3
ASP   26 119  (2.7)   177 911  2.5   309 033  4.4
EUR   71 111  0.3   402 788  3.7   699 279  5.2
LAC   5 277  4.5   34 204  7.9   55 998  8.3
MEA   7 996  13.4   48 236  14.7   81 476  17.0
NAM   16 884  2.5   102 159  5.4   171 349  6.1
ACI   132 479  1.2   796 393  4.8  1 370 972  6.3

Domestic passengers

AFR   2 729  (5.8)   19 293  1.6   33 820  7.1
ASP   28 964  2.2   195 761  3.8   339 945  3.8
EUR   16 055  (5.4)   104 518  (0.6)   182 037  1.8
LAC   9 883  4.0   65 365  4.8   111 243  6.9
MEA            
NAM   76 119  (2.3)   484 730  (1.2)   831 399  0.3
ACI   133 751  (1.4)   869 667  0.4  1 498 445  1.9

Total passengers

AFR   7 881  3.7   50 814  8.9   88 429  11.8
ASP   60 849  (0.6)   410 236  2.8   712 064  3.7
EUR   87 440  (0.9)   509 112  2.7   884 566  4.4
LAC   15 653  3.7   102 785  5.4   172 768  6.9
MEA   8 328  13.1   50 761  14.0   85 696  16.3
NAM   95 042  (1.6)   600 436  (0.2)  1 026 065  1.2
ACI   275 194  (0.3)  1 724 144  2.3  2 969 589  3.8

 

DEFINITIONS PASSENGER TRAFFIC:

  • INTERNATIONAL (000s). TRAFFIC (PASSENGERS) PERFORMED BETWEEN THE DESIGNATED AIRPORT AND AN AIRPORT IN ANOTHER COUNTRY/TERRITORY.
  • DOMESTIC (000s). TRAFFIC (PASSENGERS) PERFORMED BETWEEN TWO AIRPORTS LOCATED IN THE SAME COUNTRY/TERRITORY.
  • TOTAL (000s). INTERNATIONAL + DOMESTIC PASSENGERS + INCLUDING DIRECT TRANSIT PASSENGERS COUNTED ONCE (when breakdown is available).
  • TOTAL ≠ INTERNATIONAL + DOMESTIC

ABE 3: FreightFlash Summary

July 2008

Regions

JULY 2008

% YOY

YTD – JULY 2008

% YOY

YE – JULY 2008

% YOY

International freight

AFR   37.1 (0.6)   249.5 0.4   445.1 6.3
ASP  1 308.1 (0.4)  9 008.1 5.0  15 988.6 5.7
EUR   800.0 (3.6)  5 706.7 2.1  9 976.5 3.4
LAC   144.9 (0.8)   995.0 3.4  1 782.1 6.2
MEA   301.5 8.1  1 998.7 7.6  3 438.6 8.2
NAM   513.1 (5.9)  3 679.5 (1.8)  6 533.7 (0.5)
ACI  3 104.7 (1.5)  21 637.5 3.1  38 164.6 4.2

Domestic freight

AFR   3.6 (4.9)   19.7 (22.6)   36.7 (19.1)
ASP   345.4 5.5  2 387.9 5.3  4 156.9 3.1
EUR   35.0 2.6   233.0 (3.3)   417.2 (2.7)
LAC   57.6 3.4   388.6 0.6   697.4 (0.3)
MEA*            
NAM   951.8 (4.5)  6 808.0 (5.7)  12 128.9 (4.0)
ACI  1 393.3 (1.7)  9 837.1 (3.0)  17 437.1 (2.3)

Total freight

AFR   40.7 (1.0)   269.2 (1.7)   481.8 3.8
ASP  1 762.9 1.1  12 138.9 6.0  21 481.4 5.9

EUR

  835.1 (3.3)  5 940.5 1.9  10 394.9 3.1

LAC

  202.5 0.4  1 384.0 2.6  2 480.3 4.3
MEA   301.6 8.1  1 999.4 7.6  3 439.8 8.2
NAM  1 560.3 (5.2)  11 165.9 (4.2)  19 881.9 (2.7)
ACI  4 703.2 (1.5)  32 897.8 1.5  58 160.2 2.4

DEFINITIONS FREIGHT TRAFFIC:

  • INTERNATIONAL (000s). TRAFFIC (LOADED AND UNLOADED FREIGHT) PERFORMED BETWEEN THE DESIGNATED AIRPORT AND AN AIRPORT IN ANOTHER COUNTRY/TERRITORY.
  • DOMESTIC (000s). TRAFFIC (LOADED AND UNLOADED FREIGHT) PERFORMED BETWEEN TWO AIRPORTS LOCATED IN THE SAME COUNTRY/TERRITORY. *Note: No domestic freight traffic is reported by airports in the MEA region.
  • TOTAL (000s). INTERNATIONAL + DOMESTIC FREIGHT (when breakdown is available).
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