ACI World reported (23-Dec-2019) global passenger traffic grew 2.3% year-on-year in Oct-2019, in line with the “moderation pattern” observed since Jun-2019 with growth between 2% and 3%. Year to date growth reached 3%. ACI World director general Angela Gittens said performance in Oct-2019 “was mostly a continuation of the general trend in 2019”. International growth “substantially” outpaced domestic, with 3.2% growth for international and 1.5% growth for domestic. Regional details include:
- Africa: Continued to record “robust gains” with 5.2% growth for Oct-2019 and 6.9% for the year to date. Africa is expected to remain the top region for growth in 2019;
- Asia Pacific: Recorded the lowest growth of the three major markets with 1.1% for Oct-2019 and 1.7% for the year to date. The domestic market, with strong links to major markets such as China, India and Japan, grew only 0.2% for Oct-2019 and 0.4% for the year to date. ACI World said the domestic segment is “vulnerable to fall into negative territory” by the end of 2019;
- Europe: Recorded growth of 2% for Oct-2019 and 3.4% for the year to date, driven by a “particularly resilient” international segment;
- Latin America and Caribbean: Recorded growth of 3.1% for Oct-2019 and 3.9% for the year to date, which was the second largest year to date growth after Africa;
- Middle East: Growth of 5.2% for Oct-2019 was “relatively robust” but year to date growth “remained subdued” at 2.2%;
- North America: The best performing major market with 3.2% growth in Oct-2019 and 3.5% for the year to date. The region’s domestic market has remained relatively strong compared to global growth.