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Moderate growth for passenger traffic in April; air freight volumes inch up slightly According to the latest statistics from Airports Council International, global airport passenger traffic increased by 3.4% in April 2016, while international passenger traffic grew faster than the domestic segment (3.8% versus 3.3% respectively). Total passenger traffic grew by 6.2% for the first four months of 2016 as compared to the previous year. Passenger traffic declines in Africa and Latin America-Caribbean (-6.8% and -3% respectively) were coupled with more modest growth of 2.4% in North America and Europe. Asia-Pacific and the Middle East remain the two major driving forces of passenger traffic growth, demonstrating robust 7.3% and 9.7% growth respectively. Passenger traffic losses in Africa continue to persist. Egypt and Tunisia experienced declines in total passenger traffic of 31.2% and 13.7% respectively in April 2016, the result of aviation security concerns in the major tourist markets of the region. The two airports with the most significant losses in passenger traffic were Sharm el Sheikh (SSH, -78%, representing a year-over-year drop of 480,000 passengers) and Hurghada (HRG, -66% or –463 thousand passengers). Unfortunately, passenger traffic

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gains in South Africa (+3.8%) and Nigeria (+5.1%) could not offset the losses in the north. In Asia-Pacific, all major markets demonstrated robust growth in passenger traffic. China, Japan and India—the three largest aviation markets—grew by 6.4%, 4.9% and 17.5% respectively. The other major players in the region—Australia, Thailand and Korea—also demonstrated robust growth of 4.3%, 10.9% and 7.4% respectively. Indonesia remained stagnant with only 1.5% growth, the result of traffic losses at Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK). At the airport level, the highest growth was observed at Delhi (DEL, +20.8% or +764,000 passengers), Tokyo-Haneda (HND, +9.7% or +534,000 passengers) and Nanjing (NKG, +28.5% or +492,000 passengers). Significant growth was also observed in Bangkok-Don Mueang (DMK, +17.9% or +450,000 passengers), ShanghaiPudong (PVG, +8.2% or +411,000 passengers) and Singapore (SIN, +9.2% or +402,000 passengers). Spain, at 7% growth in passenger traffic, is approaching traffic levels at the two major aviation markets in Europe, the United

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