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24 February 2016   Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern Airports reported strong passenger growth in 2015, air freight volumes flat in Asia-Pacific and robust in Middle East

[February 24, 2016 – Hong Kong] Asia-Pacific airports generated around +8% passenger traffic growth both for the month of December 2015 and for the year. For the Middle East, passenger traffic grew by +12% for the month and +11.3% for the year.


In China, passenger traffic growth was led by Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +16.3% for the year while Beijing (PEK) was the busiest airport serving close to 90 million passengers in 2015. Despite the slowdown in Chinese economy, most airports in China reported positive results for the year. Supported by solid economic growth in India, many Indian airports posted significant increase for the year led by Delhi (DEL) +15.7%, Mumbai (BOM) +16.1%, Bangalore (BLR) +25.2%, and Hyderabad (HYD) +22%.


Among all airports in the region, Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) delivered the highest growth rate +40.6% for the year driven by both strong domestic and international travels. Other major airports in the region generated sizeable growth include Kansai (KIX) +19.9% and Busan (PUS) +19.6%.


The Middle East led all other regions in passenger traffic growth rates, with major hubs all reported double digit growth for the year: Dubai (DXB) +10.7%, Doha (DOH) +17.1%, and Abu Dhabi (AUH) +17.3%.


Regarding freight volumes, Asia-Pacific reported a marginal increase of +0.7% in December 2015 and +1.5% growth for the year, continue to reflect the downward pressure from weakening of trade activities, as experienced in Hong Kong (HKG) +0.1%, Incheon (ICN) +0.6% and Narita (NRT) -0.6%.


In the Middle East, freight traffic continued to benefit from network expansion of carriers posting strong growth of +9.1% in December 2015 and +10.7% for the year. Doha (DOH) generated an impressive growth of +47.3% for the year driven by added frequencies and new destinations to the existing network, as well as new cargo airlines commencing operations at the airport in 2015. Other airports that generated double digit growth for the year include Dubai World Central (DWC) +13%.






TABLE 1:  Airports reporting the highest traffic volume for 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) +4.4%

Sydney (SYD) +2.7%

Abu Dhabi (AUH) +17.3%

Madras (Chennai) (MAA) +7%

Hong Kong (HKG) 


Dubai (DXB) +10.7%

Shenzhen (SZX) +9.5%

Kansai (KIX) +19.9%

Osaka Itami (ITM)        +0.1%

Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +2.5%

Tokyo Haneda (HND) +3.8%

Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) +2.9%

Seoul Gimpo (GMP) +7.4%

Phuket (HKT) +12.8%

Dubai (DXB) +4.5%



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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