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Second Quarter Air Traffic Records Broken

For the first time ever in a Q2 reporting period global international air passenger traffic has broken through the 900 million barrier in Q2 2018.

The highest rate of growth, at 11%, came from Africa. Robust recoveries from the North African tourist airports helped drive the region’s second quarter surge but there were also encouraging results from individual airports right across the region from Accra to Zanzibar.

Africa apart, there were excellent performances from Asia/Pacific and Europe, whilst the airports of North America together produced almost 6% international passenger growth in Q2 vs Q2 2017.  North America’s 6 percentage point uplift is also the region’s second highest quarterly growth rate in a year.

All the more surprising then that a Travel Retail trade association yesterday put North America’s Q2 international air traffic growth at just 2%.  That does the region’s airports a grave injustice. Collectively they increased their Q2 international passenger traffic at almost three times that rate.  That’s important because it is a good performance in a large, mature market and will have positive implications for Travel Retail sales. Read on for more detail.

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