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ACI Reports Robust Growth
Global passenger traffic rose a robust 6.2% in May year over year, in line with the year to date growth of 6.5%. The main growth driver remained international passenger traffic, which reached 8.1% year over year.
At the regional level, Europe and Asia-Pacific posted the highest passenger traffic increases at 8.2% and 7.9% respectively. Europe’s main growth driver, as with the global market, was the increase in international passengers at 9% year over year compared to its domestic component at 6.1%. The Russian Federation, Portugal and the Netherlands contributed significantly to this growth, posting rates of 21.3%, 16.8% and 9% respectively.
Asia-Pacific’s growth was distributed more evenly between international (7.7%) and domestic (7.9%) passenger traffic. Indian and Chinese airports continued to contribute to the region’s sustained expansion despite Beijing (PEK), the largest airport in the region, experiencing slower growth. The Middle East experienced a significant slowdown in May 2017 compared to a year prior, posting a 4.1% increase in May 2017 versus 11.4% in May 2016.
BIAL and Accenture Collaborate to Transform
Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) has signed an agreement with Accenture (NYSE: ACN) to set up a co-innovation center that will help BIAL create an airport of the future at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport). The center will incubate and develop digital solutions using future-ready technologies to provide more engaging passenger experience.
BIAL has embarked on an ambitious journey to create a digitized and intuitive destination airport for travelers. Accenture will help define a digital roadmap for BIAL and develop tailor made solutions using a combination of digital technologies including Internet of Things, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, in addition to social and mobile platforms.
The focus of the digital transformation is to improve the traveler’s journey, create new revenue opportunities and realize operational efficiencies through an agile approach for BIAL and its business partners.
Air Asia to Order 14 More A320ceo
AirAsia has signed an agreement with Airbus to order an additional fourteen A320ceo aircraft to meet higher than expected near-term growth on the carrier’s regional network. The contract, which is subject to AirAsia board approval, was announced at the Paris Air Show recently.
This announcement will see the total number of A320 Family aircraft ordered by AirAsia rise to 592, reaffirming its position as the largest airline customer for the Airbus single aisle product line. To date, one hundred and seventy one, A320ceo and eight A320neo have already been
delivered to the airline and are flying with its units in Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
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