Airports Council International (ACI), the only worldwide association of airports, reveals global passenger traffic during first three quarters of 2015. On a year-to-date basis to September, global passenger traffic has risen by 6.2% compared to the same period last year at the world's major airports. Growth continues at Dubai (DXB), the world's busiest international airport, by 8.2%.
For the month of September alone, passenger traffic increased by 6.5% year over year. International and domestic traffic posted growth rates of 6.3% and 6.9% respectively for the same month. In an environment of lower fares and weak oil prices, global air travel continues to record robust year-over-year growth above the three-year growth trend.
Middle Eastern airports reported the greatest increase in passenger traffic with double-digit gains of 15.7%. Doha (DOH) and Abu Dhabi (AUH), two of the region's major hubs, grew by 21.4% and 18.2% respectively. Dubai (DXB), the world's busiest international airport, grew by 8.2% in total passenger traffic year over year on the month.
Except for Africa, which experienced a drop of 1.5% in passenger traffic, all regions posted large gains in passenger traffic. Although major airports such as Johannesburg (JNB) and Cairo (CAI) experienced gains of 6.9% and 7.4% respectively, ongoing security concerns in Northern African states have left the region's air transport demand in a weakened state. Tunisian airports such as Tunis (TUN) and other major Egyptian airports were in decline for the month of September.
Growth in airport passenger traffic in the Euro area and the United States has continued on an upward trajectory in tandem with the recovery in advanced economies. A substantive strengthening of domestic demand in both European and North American air travel markets has resulted in overall growth of 6.1% and 6.8% respectively for the month of September. Similarly, strong growth of 6.5% in passenger traffic was attained across airports in the Asia-Pacific region. Many airports in China and India continue to report significant gains in year-over-year passenger numbers. Shanghai (PVG) and New Delhi (DEL) grew by 15.8% and 12.8% respectively.