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23 June 2016   Passenger growth in Asia-Pacific at 7% and Middle East at 10% in April 2016

[June 23, 2016 – Hong Kong] Asia-Pacific and Middle East delivered strong passenger traffic growth in April 2016, at +7.3% and +9.7% respectively.


Passenger traffic growth in April while still quite sturdy in both regions; appeared to have moderated after a strong first quarter, with year-to-date and rolling 12-month results both lower than the year before.  Among the larger hubs in Asia-Pacific and Middle East, majority recorded positive gains and the top runners were Delhi (DEL) +20.8%, Tokyo Haneda (HND) +9.7% and Singapore (SIN) +9.2%.


Elsewhere in the region, a few airports managed to generate substantial increase for the month: Nanjing (NKG) +28.5%, Phuket (HKT) +21.7%, Bangalore (BLR) +21.5%.


Air freight volumes were largely stagnant in April 2016 for the Asia-Pacific posting marginal increase at +1.3% whereas growth in the Middle East remained solid at +4.9%.


The top 3 airfreight hubs in Asia-Pacific all reported mild increase from last year: Hong Kong (HKG) +1.2%, Shanghai (PVG) +0.6%, Incheon (ICN) +1.2%. Among Asia-Pacific airports, Singapore (SIN) generated the highest growth at +7.2%.


The picture in the Middle East was mixed, while Dubai (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) maintained the momentum and delivered solid growth at +4.8% and +2.6% respectively, Doha (DOH) continued to expand at a fast pace at +19%.


TABLE 1:  Airports reporting the highest traffic volume in April 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) +2.9%

Manila (MNL) +7.7%

Seoul Gimpo (GMP) +3.3%

Phuket (HKT) +21.7%

Hong Kong (HKG) 


Dubai (DXB) +7.2%

Kunming (KMG) +7.7%

Kansai (KIX) +11.0%

Busan (PUS) +12.0%

Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +0.6%

Tokyo Haneda (HND) +9.7%

Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) -0.7%

Abu Dhabi (AUH) +4.8%

Osaka Itami (ITM) +1.8%

Incheon (ICN) +1.2%


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.



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ACI Asia-Pacific, one of the five regions of the Airports Council International (ACI), is based in Hong Kong and represents 103 members operating 578 airports in 48 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.


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