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Downward trend in the number of international flight passengers eases

According to the findings, international traffic growth was down by 1.4 per cent compared to October 2007

The downward spiral of people choosing to book international flights eased over the course of October, new figures from the Airports Council International (ACI) have shown.

According to the findings, international traffic growth was down by 1.4 per cent compared to October 2007, while global traffic remained negative at -3.4 percent.

The figures also revealed that Africa and the Middle East had shown strong flight passenger growth over the course of the month, at seven percent and 15 percent respectively.

Passenger traffic also grew in the Asia-Pacific region by a relatively modest one percent – in part due to a strong rebound within China.

Commenting on the findings, Andreas Schimm, ACI director of economics, said: "The few positive international results are likely to be compromised in the next months by the tragic events in Mumbai and the siege of the airports in Bangkok, dragging down the Asia-Pacific region’s performance."

Europe saw a decline in flight passenger traffic of four per cent, while overall traffic was down six percent in North America.

The ACI recently presented its Special Recognition Award to Beijing Capital International Airport, referring to the completion of the airport’s third terminal as an "exceptional achievement".

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