Passenger traffic in September was up 12.8% to reach 4,780,394 compared to 4,236,587 recorded for the same month in 2011. The growth has boosted the year to date traffic by 13.4% to 42,565,340 compared to 37,547,744 recorded during the corresponding period last year.
Western Europe recorded highest increase in total passenger numbers in September (+170,934 passengers), followed by Indian subcontinent (+96,734), AGCC (+63,226 passengers), and Africa (+58,104 passengers). Contraction in traffic on Middle Eastern routes continued in September (-7,747) as a result of the ongoing situation in certain parts of the region.
The strongest markets in terms of percentage passenger growth were South America (+106.3%), followed by Russia and CIS (+27.7%), Australasia (20.6% ) and North America (+20.1%).
Aircraft movements in September increased by 3.9% to 27,909 from 26,860 recorded during the same month in 2011. The year to date movements totalled 253,973, up 6.2% to 239,243 movements between January and September 2011.