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24 October 2017   August 2017: Passengers up 6% and 5% respectively in Asia-Pacific and Middle East


[October 24, 2017 – Hong Kong] Passengers traveling through the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern airports in August grew by +6.2% and +5.2% respectively compared to the same period last year.


Robust domestic passenger travels continued to stimulate growth in India with monthly growth rate consistently maintained at above 10% level.  At Delhi (DEL), both domestic and international passenger traffic growth reached double digit rate in August and recorded an overall increase of +12.7% from last year. Other top runners include: Calcutta (CCU) +29.5% and Bangalore (BLR) +14%.


In China, growth in August was largely driven by domestic passenger traffic, though the pace of growth has eased from last year, resulting in many airports reporting a decline this month including the largest airport Beijing (PEK) -5%. The two airports adjacent to the Beijing area continued to benefit from sharing passenger loads in the region and reported substantial gains: Shijiazhuang (SJW) +27.4% and Tianjin (TSN) +21%.  Guangzhou (CAN) +9.4% led in passenger volume traffic growth in China followed by Hangzhou (HGH) +11.5% and Xi’an (XIY) +10.1%.


Elsewhere in the region, Japan benefited from summer vacation travels and many airports reported significant gains in international passenger traffic from last year. Osaka Kansai (KIX) led growth this month at +12.9%, followed by Sapporo (CTS) +9.4% and Fukuoka (FUK) +8.3%. At Tokyo Haneda (HND), the largest airport in Japan, international passenger growth also exceeded 10% and contributed to the airport delivering an overall growth of +5.1% for the month.


In the Middle East, passenger traffic showed mixed results in August. Doha (DOH) -13.1% continued to be negatively impacted by Qatar’s diplomatic crisis with a number of neighbouring states whereas Kuwait (KWI) +26.3%, Beirut (BEY) +16.4% and Muscat (MCT) +15.7% recorded sizable gains. The largest hub in the region Dubai (DXB) grew at +6.6%.


In terms of air freight, Asia-Pacific grew +9.5% while the Middle East grew +11.6% in August.


Exports continued to drive strong air freight growth in Asia-Pacific: Hong Kong (HKG) +10.1%, Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +12.4% and Seoul Incheon (ICN) +10.1%. In the Middle East, the pace of growth regained strength, Dubai (DXB) grew by +10.2% and Doha (DOH) grew by +9.5%.



TABLE 1:  Preliminary year-on-year traffic growth rates for Airports reporting highest traffic volume in the respective size category in August 2017 1


Top 3 airports by size category2



> 40M

25M to 40M

15M to 25M

5M to 15M


Beijing (PEK) -5.0%

Doha (DOH) -13.1%


Abu Dhabi (AUH)    -6.3%

Muscat (MCT) +15.7%

Hong Kong (HKG) 


Dubai (DXB) +6.6%


Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) +6.5%

Bangalore (BLR) +14.0%

Kuwait (KWI) +26.3%

Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +12.4%

Tokyo Haneda (HND) +5.1%

Melbourne (MEL) +5.3%

Xiamen (XMN)       -4.9%

Sharjah (SHJ) +6.3%

Seoul Incheon (ICN) +10.1%



Note :


  1. ACI preliminary passenger and freight statistics are based on a significant sample of airports that provide regular monthly reports to ACI. They represent approximately 60% of total passenger traffic and 70% of total freight traffic worldwide. Commentary, tables and charts are based on preliminary data submitted by participating airports and are therefore subject to change.


  1. Size categories refer to the annual passenger traffic (in the last 12 months)


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