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20 October 2015   Asia-Pacific Airports grew 8.3%, Middle Eastern Airports grew 15% in August 2015

Asia-Pacific Airports grew 8.3%, Middle Eastern Airports grew 15% in August 2015


[October 20, 2015 – Hong Kong] The summer holiday season continued to support strong passenger traffic in August 2015, with Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern airports recorded growth of 8.3% and 15% respectively.


Majority of airports in the region reported positive passenger growth for the month with strong support from both international and domestic travels. Among the largest airports in the region, Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Bangkok (BKK) and New Delhi (DEL) generated the highest growth rate for the month at +20.9%, +16.0% and +15.3% respectively. In the Middle East, the three largest hubs continued to generate solid growth for the month: Doha (DOH) +22% and Abu Dhabi (AUH) +17.4% and Dubai (DXB) +9.5%.


Air freight remained weak, continued to be impacted by slowdown across Asian export markets and oil producing economies. In August 2015, freight volumes were essentially flat in Asia-Pacific 0% and the Middle East +0.9%.


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


Top 3 airports by size1



> 40M

25M to 40M

15M to 25M

5M to 15M


Beijing (PEK) +4.1%

Shenzhen (SZX) 11.8%

Jeju (CJU) +8.7%

Osaka Itami (ITM)


Hong Kong (HKG) 


Tokyo Haneda (HND) +2.0%

Kunming (KMG) +19.1%

Osaka Kansai (KIX) +22.2%

Madras (Chennai) (MAA)  +5.2%

Shanghai Pudong (PVB) -0.6%

Dubai (DXB) +9.5%

Taipei (TPE) +8.6%

Abu Dhabi (AUH) +17.4%

Phuket (HKT) +21.4%

Dubai (DXB) +5.3%


Note :


  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.


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