Global air passenger traffic reached 3 billion in the first half of 2022

Global passenger air traffic amounted to 3 billion travelers in the first half of 2022, or 69% of 2019 traffic, said Monday in Marrakech, the Director General of the Airports Council International (ACI world), Luis Felipe de Oliveira.

“The recovery is mainly due to the sudden surge in air travel demand during the summer of 2022 in the Northern Hemisphere, following the easing of travel restrictions, which led to higher than expected demand”he noted during the opening ceremony of the annual conference of the Airports Council International (ACI World/Africa).

In this sense, he stressed that despite “these headwinds”, air traffic should generally continue to increase in the second half of 2022 with a forecast number of 6.8 billion passengers at the end of the year, i.e. 74% of 2019 traffic, noting that according to the current projection, global passenger traffic is expected to reach 2019 levels by the end of 2023, with a full-year recovery to reach 2019 levels by 2024.

“We will need to work together to sustainably respond to capacity growth to maximize the social and economic benefits of aviation, through building the aviation workforce, investing in existing and new infrastructure , modernize global policy frameworks for airport charges to encourage sustainability, efficiency and investment in infrastructure and deliver benefits to travelers“, he argued.

Moreover, Luis Felipe de Oliveira underlined that the adoption, a few weeks ago during the 41st assembly of the ICAO, by a large number of governments around the world, of a long-term climate objective for the aviation, represents an important milestone in the effort to decarbonize the aviation sector.

On his part, ACI Africa President, Emanuel Chaves, estimated that “ACI Africa” continues to grow as a regional organization, with a footprint of 71 airport members operating in 53 African countries and managing more than 265 airports.

“ACI Africa remains committed to supporting the strategy and roadmap of all African airports towards safety, security, industry best practices, decarbonization, digital transformation and increased sustainability”he continued, noting that this regional organization will continue to provide its unwavering support to African airports, and in particular, on the path to improving safety standards and the level of certification of aerodromes on the continent through its various assistance programs and services.

In this wake, Chavez indicated that at the regional level, poor connectivity, protectionism and systemic constraints continue to weigh on the aviation industry, while Africa’s single air transport market, the free zone – African continental exchange and the African Union protocol on the free movement of persons remain the potential growth levers of this industry, noting that “ACI Africa” ​​will spare no effort to contribute fully to the achievement of the objectives of the Union African (AU).

The Secretary General of ACI Africa, Ali Tounsi, for his part, noted that the participation in this congress of more than 500 delegates from all over the world, once again testifies to the opportunities that this continent has to offer to the world. , and in particular to the aeronautical industry.

“This meeting represents a new opportunity for African airports to rethink their vision and business strategies, embrace innovation and work towards decarbonizing the aviation industry for a better, more prosperous and highly resilient future. »he added, noting that Africa is called upon to consolidate the workforce, attract new talent and develop new skills.

The annual Conference of the Airports Council International (ACI World/Africa) is attended by nearly 600 decision-makers, airport managers, industrialists, African and international civil aviation officials, and members of international organizations, from 65 countries, including 35 African countries.

This event, which constitutes the largest gathering of airports in the world, serves as a platform for sharing best practices, and proposing innovative and realistic solutions and developing recommendations likely to enrich the experiences of the various participants and inspire governments, policy makers and international organizations, as well as legislators and civil aviation industry stakeholders.

On the sidelines of this event, various meetings and working sessions will be organized, in particular the General Assembly of ACI World, the Boards of Directors of ACI World and ACI Africa, meetings of regional groups and training for the benefit of attendees.

Remember that Morocco is hosting this congress for the third time after 1994 and 2011.

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