Airports Council International (ACI) World has reported global passenger traffic growth remained strong in April with a 6.1 per cent increase on a year-over-year (YOY) basis – just below its 12-months rolling average of 6.5 per cent and the year-to-date 6.6 per cent growth.
The airport trade association said although growth in passenger traffic remains robust, the month of April marked a slight departure from the recent months’ high growth levels mainly due to the timing of this year’s Easter period.
ACI said the global figure for domestic traffic reached 7.1 per cent YOY for the month, bringing its year-to-date to 6.2 per cent. International passenger traffic moderated to 4.9 per cent for April, from 10.5 per cent in March.
Asia-Pacific and Africa both benefitted from high growth, with 9.9 per cent and nine per cent, respectively, on a YOY basis. Most major Asia-Pacific markets posted solid growth during the period, with India leading the group, growing by 20.4 per cent YOY.
Europe and North America both grew by five per cent in April, Latin America-Caribbean three per cent, but the Middle East saw a 2.4 per cent decline.
ACI World director general, Angela Gittens said: “Breaking with a general trend observed over the last year, domestic traffic was the major contributor to global growth in April with international traffic slowing.”