Passenger traffic to the Caribbean grew at a rate of 5.2 per cent in 2013: ICAOListen /
Figures released by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) confirmed that some 3.1 billion passengers made use of the global air transport network for their business and tourism needs in 2013. The annual passenger total is up approximately 5 per cent compared to 2012 and is expected to reach over 6.4 billion by 2030, based on current projections.
ICAO also confirmed that scheduled passenger traffic grew at a rate of 5.2 per cent in 2013 , slightly above the UN body's July 2013 projections.
ICAO attributed the recent upswing to positive economic results globally and improved business and consumer confidence during 2013 in several major economies.
The Asia/Pacific region remains the world's largest air transport market based on the 2013 figures, with a 31 per cent share of total traffic representing an increase of 7.2 per cent over 2012.
International passenger traffic grew by 5.2 per cent in 2013, with the highest levels of growth registered by the airlines of the Middle East (10.9 per cent) followed by the Latin America and Caribbean region (8.6 per cent).
But the Caribbean is hoping to increase its numbers with the planned opening of an international airport in St. Vincent and the Grenadines early next year.
Executive Chairman of the St. Vincent Tourist Board Glen Beache talks about how plans are going and the prospects of carriers from Britain, Germany, the United States and Canada including St.Vincent and the Grenadines on the schedules.