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26 January 2017   Passenger traffic in Asia-Pacific and Middle East grew 7% and 12.3% respectively in November 2016

[January 26, 2017 – Hong Kong] In November 2016, Asia-Pacific and Middle East reported passenger traffic increase at +7.0% and +12.3% respectively.


In Asia-Pacific, robust domestic passenger travels continued to fuel India’s growth trajectory with many airports generating substantial increase in November 2016 over the same period last year: Calcutta (CCU) +26.6%, Bangalore (BLR) +26.0%, Hyderabad (HYD) +24.7%. In China, sizable growth was observed in both domestic and international passenger travels. The top runners were: Chengdu (CTU) +22.5%, Xi’an (XIY) +14.2% and Kunming (KMG) +14.1%.


Elsewhere in the region, Auckland (AKL) posted an increase of +12.4% in November 2016 driven primarily by new seat capacity; the airport has been on a growth momentum since late 2015 and consistently reporting double-digit monthly increase.


In the Middle East, current month’s passenger traffic growth regained strength. Dubai (DXB), the largest hub in the region, recorded +9.4% more passengers than the same month last year. Doha (DOH) was the bright spot in the region delivering growth at +23.3%, its highest monthly growth thus far in 2016.


In terms of air freight, both Asia-Pacific and Middle East delivered strong results growing at +9.5% and +9.9% respectively recovering from a stagnant market that persisted from the end of 2015 to early 2016.


Current month’s growth in Asia-Pacific was largely driven by increased demand for the year-end rush, plus new cargo flows likely generated from e-commerce. The top three freight hubs all delivered robust increase: Hong Kong (HKG) +7.1%, Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +11.6% and Seoul Incheon (ICN) +9.5%.


In the Middle East, major air freight hubs continued to report significant gains in November especially in Doha (DOH) +24.6% and Dubai (DXB) +7.5%.


TABLE 1:  Airports reporting highest preliminary year-on-year traffic growth rates in November 2016 1


Top 3 airports by size category2



> 40M

25M to 40M

15M to 25M

5M to 15M


Beijing (PEK) +6.5%

Manila (MNL) +11%


Seoul Gimpo (GMP) +3.1%

Calcutta (CCU) +26.6%

Hong Kong (HKG) 


Tokyo Haneda (HND) +2.6%

Tokyo Narita (NRT) +6.1%

Bangalore (BLR) +26%

Osaka Itami (ITM) +4%

Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +11.6%

Dubai (DXB)


Xi’an (XIY) +14.2%

Fukuoka (FUK) +4%

Hyderabad (HYD) +24.7%

Seoul Incheon (ICN) +9.5%


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.


  1. Size categories refer to the annual passenger traffic (in the last 12 months)


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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 102 members operating 579 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.


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