Global Passenger Traffic Grows Modestly by 1.8% in April

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Montréal, 7 June 2013 - Passenger traffic at airports increased modestly by 1.8% in April 2013. Airports also reported moderate increases of 2.4% in international passenger traffic and 1.3% in domestic passenger traffic compared to April 2012. Regional disparities persist with markets like the Middle East posting significant year-over-year gains at 10.2% in passenger traffic, while North America and Europe remain almost flat at -0.3% and 0.4% respectively. Many major European airports are feeling the brunt of the economic slowdown. Madrid (MAD), Paris (CDG), Frankfurt (FRA) and London (LHR) all experienced declines in traffic during the month of April. However, other airports such as Dubai (DXB), Istanbul (IST) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL) continue to experience double digit gains. 
Total freight traffic worldwide increased by 1% in April 2013. Growth continues to be mixed across airports since approximately 50 percent of the world's top twenty air freight hubs registered declines in air freight volume for the month of April. Looking at the volume of traffic over a twelve month horizon, from May 2012 to April 2013, there is negligible growth in air freight at a 0.4%. Nevertheless, Hong Kong (HKG) and Memphis (MEM), two of the world's busiest air freight airports, posted relatively strong gains amidst the economic uncertainty in April at 4.5% and 4.3% respectively.