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27 July 2016   Passenger growth in Asia-Pacific at 7% and Middle East at 11% in May 2016

[July 27, 2016 – Hong Kong] Asia-Pacific and Middle East delivered strong passenger traffic growth in May 2016, at +7.2% and +11.4% respectively.


In the Asia-Pacific, India continued to lead passenger growth supported by sturdy domestic demands. Delhi (DEL) +21% and Bangalore (BLR) +24.2% generated outstanding gains in excess of 20%. Guangzhou (CAN) rebounded from a period of slow growth in 2015 and led China this month with +10% growth. Elsewhere in the region, Auckland (AKL) posted an increase of +11.6% and has been gaining momentum since late 2015 driven by increase in seat capacity in both existing and new services.


In the Middle East, Doha (DOH) remained in the leading position posting growth at +23.8% followed by Dubai (DXB) +7.2% and Abu Dhabi (AUH) +5.6%.



The global trade growth remained sluggish and the cargo load factor continued to exhibit weakness. Asia-Pacific reported marginal increase in total air freight of +1.4% in May 2016 whereas the Middle East reported moderate growth at +3.3%.


The top 3 freight hubs in the Asia-Pacific all delivered mild increase/ decline from last year: Hong Kong (HKG) -1.1%, Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +1.5%, Incheon (ICN) +1.4%. Among Asia-Pacific airports, Guangzhou (CAN) generated the highest growth at +9.7%.


The picture in the Middle East was mixed, while the largest hub Dubai (DXB) maintained solid growth at +4.9%, and Doha (DOH) continued to expand and recorded an outstanding increase of +18.3%, most freight airports in the region suffered a decline in air freight volume.


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

Manila (MNL) +3.5%

Seoul Gimpo (GMP) +2.1%

Calcutta (CCU) +11.9%

Hong Kong (HKG) 


Dubai (DXB) +7.2%

Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) +0.8%

Kansai (KIX) +4.6%

Hyderabad (HYD) +16.9%

Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +1.5%

Tokyo Haneda (HND) +2.4%

Kunming (KMG) +8.2%

Abu Dhabi (AUH) +5.6%

Busan (PUS) +10.3%

Dubai (DXB) +4.9%



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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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 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 2015, ACI Asia-Pacific airports have handled 2.79 billion passengers and 49.6 million tonnes of cargo.


For further information, please contact:


Vivian Fung

Manager, Communications

ACI Asia-Pacific


Tel:                  (852) 2989 8006




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