Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, reports that it members freight volumes reached a 3-month peak in August, with a 10.5% global increase, bringing the year to date growth to 8.7%.
The same general pattern observed in July continued in August for most regions. North America and Latin America-Caribbean, which lagged behind in July, rallied to the global growth trend and reached 10.1% and 9.1% growth. Here again, Africa recorded particularly high numbers, reaching 21.6% and boosting its year to date figure to 14.7%.
At the country level, Kenya was a significant contributor with a 66.7% increase in freight. Although Nigeria experienced an improvement in passenger traffic, its freight volumes declined by 6.4% as compared to the previous year.
Nairobi (NBO), Kenya’s main airport, recorded a 75.5% year over year increase in freight volumes. Having been in negative territory for several months in the last year, the airport was able to recover its freight traffic and surpass previous volumes.