Air traffic recovers better than expected in 2010

Passenger and cargo numbers both grow healthily year on year.
Global passenger traffic was up 6.3% year on year in 2010.
Global passenger traffic was up 6.3% year on year in 2010.

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Preliminary results from ACI, based on reports from around 900 airports worldwide, indicate that global passenger traffic grew annually by 6.3% and cargo tonnage by 15.2% in 2010. Aircraft movements grew at just under 1%.

ACI director general Angela Gittens said: “2010 underscored the resilience of the air transport business and resulted in over 5 billion annual passengers for the first time ever. 2010 also pronounced the shift and divergence in growth across the regions.

“While North America and Europe have struggled to reach pre-crisis passenger volumes, Asia-Pacific, Latin America-Caribbean and Middle East sustained a strong momentum and gained market share through double digit growth.”

Monthly growth averaged between five and 10 percent, with the exception of April and December when volcanic ash clouds and winter weather impacted European traffic.

Atlanta was gain the world’s busiest airport, both by passenger numbers and aircraft movements. Hong Kong was the number one cargo airport, based on freight and mail tonnage.

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