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23 March 2016   Strong start for Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern Airports: 10% growth in January 2016



[March 23, 2016 – Hong Kong] Passengers traveling through the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern airports in January 2016 grew by +10.6% and +9.8% respectively.


Supported by continued momentum from 2015, many of the major airports in the Asia-Pacific region generated double digit growth for the month. In India, New Delhi (DEL) led with +21% growth while Shanghai Pudong (PVG) led in China at +20.5%. Other hubs also generated notable gains: Incheon (ICN) +13.7%, Hong Kong +13.3% and Singapore (SIN) +10%.


After a period of rapid development in Indonesia’s air travel market, the pace of growth slowed considerably in the past two years as market conditions became more challenging. Jakarta (CGK), serving primarily the domestic market, recorded a decline of -1.8% for the month.


The Middle East continued the growth trajectory from last year, the three major hubs delivered solid gains: Dubai (DXB) +6.3%, Doha (DOH) +19.2% and Abu Dhabi (AUH) +14.1%. Substantial progresses was also recorded at Muscat (MCT) +20% and Sharjah (SHJ) +11.3%.


Freight traffic grew +7.4% in the Middle East for the month, more than double the growth in the Asia-Pacific at +3.3%.


The improvement in freight volumes in Asia-Pacific may be positively impacted by the push leading up to Chinese New Year, hence partially offset the continued downward pressure from weakening of trade activities. In the Middle East, freight traffic continued to benefit from network expansion.


Eight out of the top ten freight hubs in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East posted positive gains for the month, led by Doha (DOH) +21.6%, Guangzhou (CAN) +9.8%, and Dubai (DXB) +8.2%. Other major airports that generated double digit growth include: New Delhi (DEL) +15.8%, Chengdu (CTU) +12.6%.




TABLE 1:  Airports reporting the highest traffic volume in January 2016 (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) +8.0%

Shenzhen (SZX) +2.0%

Abu Dhabi (AUH) +14.1%

Madras (Chennai) (MAA) +7.3%

Hong Kong (HKG) 


Dubai (DXB) +6.3%

Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) +9.0%

Kansai (KIX) +22.7%

Osaka Itami (ITM)        +3.0%

Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +5.4%

Tokyo Haneda (HND) +6.9%

Taipei (TPE) +16.9%

Seoul Gimpo (GMP) +4.2%

Phuket (HKT) +18.1%

Dubai (DXB) +8.2%


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.



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 100 members operating 573 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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