ACI’s global traffic data reveals growing impact of COVID-19
Airports Council International (ACI) World reports that global passenger traffic declined by -10.7% in February, down from a figure of +1.9% in January, driven by the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Asia-Pacific region.
ACI collects and analyses data from a significant sample of airports that provide regular reports on month-by-month passenger and air freight statistics; this forms part of the world’s most comprehensive source for airport data.
The 12-month passenger traffic rolling average for the global industry stood at +1.8% by month’s end, with dramatic falls forecasted to come in the analysis for the coming months. At this point, the crisis’s impact on global traffic was still predominantly driven by Asia-Pacific, but the data for March, currently being gathered and to be published next month, will show a more widespread global effect.