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ACI records August international passenger growth

Increasing numbers of passengers travelled on international flights in August

Increasing numbers of passengers travelled on international flights in August compared to the same month in 2009.

This is according to figures from Airports Council International (ACI), which revealed that passenger traffic grew by 6.3 percent compared to the same month last year.

A 4.9 percent growth in domestic traffic was also recorded, meaning overall passenger numbers increased by 5.6 percent when the two months are compared.

Andreas Schimm, ACI’s director of economics, said that while these growth rates had softened it is "positive" that the number of airports losing traffic has "reduced drastically".

"Further softening of growth rates can be expected during the last four months so that worldwide passenger numbers are expected to increase between four and five percent in 2010," he commented.

The biggest growth in international passengers was recorded in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America-Caribbean regions, with the areas achieving respective increases of 11.6 percent and 17.4 percent.

Last month, the US and European factions of Airports Council International called for a more efficient approach towards aviation security.

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