PIO 15/11

MONTRÉAL, 19 July 2011

– ICAO expects global air traffic to grow by about 5.3 per cent in 2011, 6.2 per cent in 2012 and 6.1 per cent in 2013, in terms of passenger-

The projected increases reflect positive economic prospects worldwide, based on an average 3.5 per cent growth in the world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the next three years, as estimated by IHS/Global Insight, a major economic forecasting organization.

Despite multiple headwinds, such as potentially higher oil prices and the implementation of fiscal austerity policies in key economies, this reduced forecast from the 3.9 per cent global GDP growth in 2010 should, nevertheless, allow the momentum in traffic growth to continue, fuelled by strong air travel demand due to improved household balance sheets and robust business cash flows.

Average annual traffic growth rates over the three-year period will vary by region, from a low of 2.9 per cent for North American airlines, reflecting a mature market, to a high of more than 14 per cent for airlines of the Middle East, which are expected to maintain a double-digit growth rate thanks to a differentiated development strategy for both airlines and airports in the region.

Traffic for Asia/Pacific airlines should grow considerably faster than the global average in each of the three years, due to higher economic prospects in States such as China and India, where aviation activity is expected to expand more rapidly, in line with the increase in the average household disposable income.

 

Latin American carriers should register the third strongest performance in traffic growth, sustained by strong domestic demand and a consolidated regional airline strategy. As economic conditions improve, African airlines should see higher traffic growth levels, while European airlines are expected to register a lower traffic growth than the world average, indicative of a maturing market despite the steady, good performance of low cost carriers in the European leisure market.

ICAO SCHEDULED PASSENGER TRAFFIC FORECAST FOR 2011-2013

(Passenger-kilometres performed are expressed in billions and growth in per cent)

 

 

 

ACTUAL

 

FORECAST

 

 

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual

 

 

 

 

 

Growth

2011

2012

2013

REGION

2000

2010

2000-2010

Growth

Growth

Growth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

   66

  123

  6.4

  5.4

  8.0

  8.3

Asia/Pacific

 736

1293

  5.8

  7.9

  8.8

  8.7

Europe

 804

1317

  5.1

  3.3

  3.8

  3.9

Middle East

   94

  345

13.9

14.4

14.0

13.5

North America

1176

1412

  1.8

 

  2.4

  3.4

  2.9

Latin America/

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Caribbean

  142

  198

  3.4

  6.9

  7.3

  6.8

WORLD

3017

4687

  4.5

  5.3

  6.2

  6.1

* A passenger-kilometre is performed when a passenger is carried one kilometre.  

 

 

kilometres performed*.