Accumulated traffic over a twelve month period from October 2012 to September 2013 increased by 3.1%. While overall growth has become relatively subdued as compared to 2012 and 2011 levels, air transport demand has remained resilient in the face of downside risks across the global economic landscape.
Egyptian airports continue to experience the repercussions of social and political unrest. Cairo (CAI), North Africa's busiest airport and gateway to major tourist destinations, witnessed a decline of 17.5% for the month of September. Moving southward, Johannesburg (JNB), continental Africa's largest airport, in terms of passenger traffic, was almost flat as compared to the previous year. On the whole, Africa endured a decline of over 7% in passenger traffic.
The Asia-Pacific region continues to experience buoyant growth rates in international passenger traffic, with the region observing an increase of 11.2% for the month of September. Hong Kong (HKG), the region's busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic, observed a rise of 9.7% in international passenger numbers. Beijing (PEK), on the other hand, which serves a domestic market of over 66 million passengers on an annual basis, had almost no change in domestic passenger traffic numbers. Overall passenger traffic, which combines both domestic and international markets, grew by 8.6% for the Asia-Pacific region.
As the euro area endures a lacklustre recovery in economic output, growth in passenger traffic is restrained at European airports relative to other world regions. While results are mixed across airports, passenger traffic grew by 2.8% for Europe as a whole. Airports in economies that were gravely affected by the euro area crisis continue to experience year-over-year declines. Madrid (MAD), Spain's busiest airport, saw traffic drop by 11.5% in September. At the other end of the spectrum, Turkish airports posted robust growth figures, with Istanbul (IST) and Antalya (AYT) increasing by 8% for the month.
Airports in Latin America continue to exhibit strong growth rates in passenger traffic. In September passenger figures grew by 6.3%. Over a twelve month period, growth was in the realm of 5% year-over-year. In addition to leading Brazilian airports, Mexico City (MEX) and Bogota (BOG) have burgeoning domestic markets with overall passenger traffic growing by 8.6% and 9% respectively for September.
The Middle East achieved the highest growth among all regions for the month of September at 8.9%. Double digit growth rates continue to persist for airports across the region. Dubai (DXB), Tel-Aviv (TLV) and Abu Dhabi (AUH) grew by 13.1%, 12.4% and 10.1% respectively.
Growth in North America remains at relatively modest levels. September passenger traffic rose by 1.6%, which was in line with overall forecasts and expectations. As compared to other major airports in the region, Los Angeles (LAX) has achieved relatively high growth of 5%. The airport has seen a sharp rise of passengers in transit (passengers who arrive at and depart from the airport on a flight bearing the same number). While transit passengers represent a small proportion of traffic, the airport experienced triple digit increases in this traffic for the month of September.
|SUMMARY WORLDWIDE TRAFFIC RESULTS, September 2013 (% CHANGE)
|September 2013 over
|Year to Date
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| Total Passenger