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Airport Passenger Traffic continuous growth in April 2016

airport gateAirports Council International announced statistics for April 2016. The stats find out that global airport passenger traffic increased by 3.4% in April 2016, while international passenger traffic grew faster than the domestic segment (3.8% versus 3.3% respectively). Total passenger traffic grew by 6.2% for the first four months of 2016 as compared to the previous year. Read more for regional stats.

Passenger traffic declines in Africa and Latin America-Caribbean (-6.8% and -3% respectively) were coupled with more modest growth of 2.4% in North America and Europe. Asia-Pacific and the Middle East remain the two major driving forces of passenger traffic growth, demonstrating robust 7.3% and 9.7% growth respectively.

Passenger traffic losses in Africa continue to persist. Egypt and Tunisia experienced declines in total passenger traffic of 31.2% and 13.7% respectively in April 2016, the result of aviation security concerns in the major tourist markets of the region. The two airports with the most significant losses in passenger traffic were Sharm el Sheikh (SSH, -78%, representing a year-over-year drop of 480,000 passengers) and Hurghada (HRG, -66% or – 463 thousand passengers). Unfortunately, passenger traffic gains in South Africa (+3.8%) and Nigeria (+5.1%) could not offset the losses in the north.

In Asia-Pacific, all major markets demonstrated robust growth in passenger traffic. China, Japan and India—the three largest aviation markets—grew by 6.4%, 4.9% and 17.5% respectively. The other major players in the region—Australia, Thailand and Korea—also demonstrated robust growth of 4.3%, 10.9% and 7.4% respectively. Indonesia remained stagnant with only 1.5% growth, the result of traffic losses at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK). At the airport level, the highest growth was observed at Delhi (DEL, +20.8% or +764,000 passengers), Tokyo-Haneda (HND, +9.7% or +534,000 passengers) and Nanjing (NKG, +28.5% or + 492,000 passengers). Significant growth was also observed in Bangkok-Don Mueang (DMK, +17.9% or +450,000 passengers), Shanghai-Pudong (PVG, +8.2% or +411,000 passengers) and Singapore (SIN, +9.2% or +402,000 passengers).

Spain, at 7% growth in passenger traffic, is approaching traffic levels at the two major aviation markets in Europe, the United Kingdom and Germany, which grew by 1.1% and 3% respectively during the same period. Major airports in France grew by 5.4% in terms of total passenger traffic, while Italy remained flat (0.1%), and Turkey and the Russian Federation lost 3% and 4.4% of their traffic respectively. At the airport level, significant growth was observed at Amsterdam (AMS, +10.1% or +480,000 passengers), partly due to traffic transfer from Brussels, Barcelona (BCN, +8.7% or +291,000 passengers) and Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF, +34.2% or +229,000 passengers). Brussels (BRU), which was affected by the terrorist attack on 22 March 2016 lost almost half of its passenger traffic in April (-46.6% or -935,000 passengers).

Brazil, the largest aviation market in Latin America and the Caribbean, lost 13% of its traffic on a year-over-year basis, testifying to the sharp contraction of the national economy. Mexico remains the only strong and stable source of passenger traffic growth (+5.8%) in the region, while Colombia is slowing down to 2.1% growth, comparable to that seen in Argentina (+1.7%). In Chile, where the economy has grown faster than forecasted, passenger traffic grew strongly by 7.3%. At the individual airport level the highest growth was observed at Santiago (SCL, +8.7% or +111,000 passengers), Mexico City (MEX, +3.5% or +108,000 passengers) and Lima (LIM, +7.1% or + 92,000 passengers).

In the Middle East, all major aviation markets demonstrated robust growth. Passenger traffic in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar grew by 7.5% and 20.2% respectively. Doha (DOH) has continued to maintain momentum, and is the fastest-growing airport in the region (+20.2% or +507,000 passengers), followed closely by Dubai (DXB, +7.2% or + 468,000 passengers).

The two aviation markets of North America—the United States and Canada—grew by 2.5% and 0.7% respectively in terms of total passenger traffic. Notable growth was observed at Los Angeles (LAX, +6.2% or +367,000 passengers), Seattle (SEA, +11.2% or +361,000 passengers) and Atlanta (ATL, +3.5% or + 295,000 passengers), while New York-La Guardia (LGA) lost 10% of its traffic (-241,000 passengers).

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