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19 August 2015   Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern Airports grew over 8% in the first half of 2015

[August 19, 2015 – Hong Kong] Airports in the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East maintained steady growth in June 2015, reporting year over year gains at +4.9% and +6.1% respectively. Despite slowdown in regional trade activities, international travel remained resilient. For the first half of 2015, both regions recorded cumulative passenger traffic increase of +8.3% and +8.8% respectively.


A number of major airports in the Asia-Pacific generated year-on-year growth in excess of 15% in 1H 2015: Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +18.5%, Bangkok (BKK) +18.5%, Mumbai (BOM) +17.8%, and Kunming (KMG) +20.2%. Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) continued to generate the highest increase among major airports at +50.3%.


Air freight continued to be impacted by slowdown across Asian export markets. In June 2015, Asia-Pacific recorded a decrease of -0.2% and the Middle East maintained growth at +4.5% from the same period last year.  From January to June this year, Asia-Pacific generated cumulative growth of +3% with New Delhi (DEL) achieving the highest growth rate at +12.2%. The Middle East grew at +8.6% year-to-date, and its largest freight hub Dubai (DXB) recorded increase of +2.8%.


Looking ahead towards the second half of 2015, passenger traffic is likely to maintain a solid track with support from leisure travels. However, the slowing down in trade activities continues to put pressures on both passenger and freight traffic in the coming months.




TABLE 1:  Airports reporting the highest traffic volume in 1H 2015 (with respective growth rate from last year) according to preliminary traffic data


                                                                          Top 3 airports by size2



> 40M

25M to 40M

15M to 25M

5M to 15M


Beijing (PEK) + 6%

Mumbai (BOM) +17.8%

Jeju (CJU) +14.1%

Madras (MAA) +13.3%

Hong Kong (HKG) 


Dubai (DXB) + 10.4%

Shenzhen (SZX) +11.7%

Seoul (GMP) +8%

Osaka Itami (ITM)


Shanghai Pudong (PVB) +5.0%

Tokyo Haneda (HND) +4.8%

Shanghai (SHA) +2.2%

Abu Dhabi (AUH) +17.3%

Phuket (HKT) +10.3%

Dubai (DXB) +2.8%





Note :


  1. Airports size is determined on a rolling 12-month basis. In June 2015, the 12-monthly rolling passenger volume at CTU surpassed 40M, for the purpose of reporting under Table 1 above, CTU is grouped under “Over 40M”. Similarly, the 12-month rolling passenger volume at DMK surpassed 25M in the current month, hence for the purpose of reporting under Table 1 above, DMK is be grouped under “25M to 40M”.


  1. ACI PaxFlash and FreightFlash 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.



About Airports Council International Asia-Pacific


ACI Asia-Pacific, one of the five regions of the Airports Council International (ACI), is based in Hong Kong and represents 99 members operating 580 airports in 47 countries in Asia-Pacific and the Middle-East.


As the only global trade association of the world’s airports, ACI represents airports’ interests with governments and international organizations, develops standards, policies and recommended practices for airports, and provides information and training opportunities to raise standards around the world. In 2014, ACI Asia-Pacific airports have handled 2.48 billion passengers and 46.3 million tonnes of cargo.


For further information, please contact:


Vivian Fung

Manager, Communications

ACI Asia-Pacific Region  


Tel:                  (852) 2989 8006




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