|Aruba Airport Authority N.V. reports strong increase of 5.3% in traffic figures for the first 6 months of 2011|
|Monday, 29 August 2011 17:18|
Aruba Airport Authority announced traffic results over the first six (6) months of 2011 which showed a strong increase in traffic. Compared to January-June 2010, the figures for commercial passengers were up (5.3%) and flights were up (3.6%) accounting for a total amount of 25,000 more passengers compared to January-June 2010, indicating strong demand for seats to the island .
Airports Council International’s World Annual Traffic Report released this month’s details: a “strong rebound from the two-year industry slump,” the organization noted, pointing out that worldwide airport passengers increased 6.6% in 2010, 6% in the first half 2011. ACI noted that "69% of airports worldwide registered positive passenger growth at an average of 8.6%, while 30% of airports lost traffic at an average rate of -4.1%."
The North American market has been overall flat compared to 2010, whilst the Netherlands Antilles grew by 19.4%. The European market showed a strong increase of 8.0% compared to 2010 mainly due to the satisfactory performance of the Dutch market. In addition the, Italian charter between Milan and Aruba is performing well and is increasing in amount of passengers. The Latin American Market, especially the Venezuelan market, is experiencing a steady recovery with a growth of 25.4%. Flights on major gateways like Bogota and Panama City saw strong load factors, whilst flight to Brazil and Venezuela improved significantly.
‘Strong increase in traffic for the six (6) months of 2011, and also July, gives us a reason for further optimism about the remainder of the year’ said Peter Steinmetz, Chief Executive Officer of AAA. “We are in constant contact with our airline partners in order to ensure that we retain our air service and route network. Demand for the destination is pivotal in this equation and we work closely with our tourism partners supporting their marketing and efforts to increase bookings.”