Montreal-based Airports Council International (ACI) reports that while some of the world’s top airfreight hubs had increased volume in 2012 such as Hong Kong with 2.2 percent, and Memphis with 2.5 percent, 57 percent of the top 30 airfreight airports had volume declines.
“Airfreight had mixed results throughout 2012 with some months posting modest gains while other months posted declines, said Rafael Echevarne, ACI’s world economic director. “Amid the significant downside risks in the Euro area and the fiscal deadlock in the United States throughout the year, growth in airfreight came to an overall halt in 2012. As the global economy and international trade picks up steam we are optimistic to see higher growth rates for both passenger and freight traffic in 2013.”
Preliminary results point to an overall increase of 3.9 percent in global passenger traffic in 2012 compared to 2011. While the world’s top international airports in North America and Europe posted more modest gains in passenger traffic, air transport markets in emerging economies continue to show buoyant activity.
Double-digit growth rates in passenger traffic were observed in Istanbul (20.2 percent), Jakarta (14.4 percent), Dubai (13.2 percent) and Bangkok (10.6 percent) in 2012.