Global traffic figures show Covid-19 impact on aviation was rapid

Airports Council International (ACI) World’s monthly global traffic statistics for January show the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak had a rapid effect on passenger traffic, particularly in Asia-Pacific.

Global passenger traffic grew by just +1.9% in January 2020, down from +4.9% a month prior. The industry’s 12-month rolling average reached +2.9%, temporarily propped up by the middling growth observed in 2019.

The Asia-Pacific region was already showing the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in January, declining by -1.8% due to a significant shift in domestic traffic (-3.6%).

Results for the freight industry showed a decline by -4.4% for the month as compared to January 2019. Preliminary figures for 2019 show a decline of -2.5% for the year. It can be expected that the disruptions in supply chains and the shock to the global economy precipitated by the reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic, will cause an even greater decline. The market’s 12-month rolling average stood at -3% in January, with an unprecedented and difficult period ahead.

“These figures show that the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on aviation was rapid, especially in the Asia-Pacific region,” ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said.

“Airport operators are prioritising the health of passengers and staff first and foremost and, while it is hoped that the global health crisis will recede well before the year ends, it is possible that the economic impact could persist into 2021.

Source: ACI

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