Airports Council International (ACI) has
reported that global passenger traffic in November 2017 was up 7.5% year-on-year.
After posting more
moderate growth during October, Novemberís freight volumes rose
substantially, reaching +7.8% y-o-y.
at +8.2% on a year-to-date basis and with only one month left in
2017, global freight figures are bound to reach record growth for
Asia-Pacific (+10.6%), Africa (+10.5%) and
Europe (+8.1%) all posted particularly high growth in November.
International traffic was a key driver for these increases,
especially for European and Asia-Pacific markets. Africa continued to experience a strong
recovery, following the recession, which affected the continentís
largest economies: Nigeria and South Africa. On the other hand,
Asia-Pacificís domestic traffic rose significantly during the
month, reaching +9.3%. The figure remained below the regionís
international traffic growth, however, which stood at +12.9%.
Total passenger traffic in North America, Latin
America-Caribbean and the Middle East grew at a more moderate
pace, reaching +4.8%, +3.8% and +3.5% respectively. Both North
America and Latin America-Caribbean were negatively affected by
weather events during September, the effects of which are
progressively receding. The Middle Eastís growth in passenger
traffic was still disrupted by tensions between major players in
the region, with internal strife disrupting Yemen and the partial
blockade against Qatar still underway.
At the local level, Asia-Pacificís largest
markets enjoyed significant growth in November, with Indonesiaís
passenger traffic rising at +17.9% for its major commercial
airports, Thailand at +15.9%, India at +14% and China at +12.5%.
On a year-to-date basis, India and Indonesia are set to post
double-digit growth in 2017.
Latin America-Caribbean, international passenger
traffic reached +6.5%, close to its year to date figures of +6.6%,
after sustaining decline in October. This recovery could bring the
regionís growth rate to over 7% by end-of-year.
Current global growth by Novemberís end was
6.5%, in line with 2016 numbers. Unless December numbers bring
surprises, this year should bring another period of high growth
for the airport industry.
The cargo business continued to benefit from a
strong growth in volumes in November thanks to global trade. This
was reflected in gains in export orders, with global figures
reaching +7.8%. 2017 air freight volumes have experienced a record
year, with annualized growth over 8% with respect to the previous
Africa, North America and Europe once again
topped growth figures for total freight, reaching +14.7%, +8.9%
and +8.7% respectively. Asia-Pacific (+7.2%), Latin
America-Caribbean (+6.9%) and the Middle East (+2.9%) followed,
the latter starting to regain speed after slowing down to +1.3% in
October. On a year-to-date basis, all regions were posting high
growth, at more than 5%.
International freight was the main driver for
most of the increases, reaching +7.8% after slowing down to +4.4%
over the three months prior to November. Airports in the
Asia-Pacific region lead in volumes handled for export and overall
Double-digit growth in total freight volumes
will be achieved for airports as a whole in the region for 2017.
At the local level, large markets have been contributing to this
success, with India (+17.9%), China (+16.7%), Japan (+12.8%) and
Thailand (+11.5%) reaching double-digit growth on a year-to-date
basis, and Hong Kong (+9.5%) following close behind for
international trade volumes.
The United States, the largest
domestic freight market in the world, saw significant strides in
volumes, increasing by +5.1% on a year-on-year basis. In Europe,
growth was boosted by strong numbers in Spain (+15.6%), the United
Kingdom (+13.2%) and Turkey (+11.3%). All three of these countries
had year-to-date numbers reaching double-digit growth.
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