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27 September 2017   July 2017: Passengers up 6% and 4% respectively in Asia-Pacific and Middle East

[September 27, 2017 – Hong Kong] Passengers traveling through the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern airports in July grew by +5.7% and +4.0% respectively compared to the same period last year.


India continued to generate the highest growth rate in the Asia-Pacific region, backed by robust domestic passenger travel, though at a slower pace than last year. The largest airport Delhi (DEL) recorded close to 10% growth in July. Other key passenger traffic drivers for the month include: Calcutta (CCU) +19.1% and Hyderabad (HYD) +16.8%.


In China, growth in July was primarily driven by domestic passenger traffic, but many airports continued to pursue active expansion in international routes. Among the largest hubs in the region, Guangzhou (CAN) +10.5% was the only airport that delivered double digit growth this month.


Other key passenger traffic drivers for the month include: Tianjin (TSN) +30.1%, and Xi’an (XIY) +11.3%.


In South Korea, passenger traffic suffered an overall decline of -1%, likely due to the negative impact caused by the Chinese ban for tour groups to visit South Korea since March 2017. Cheongju (CJJ) and Jeju (CJU) recorded a decline of -19.1% and -7% respectively compared to same month last year.


In the Middle East, passenger traffic showed mixed results. Qatar’s diplomatic crisis with a number of neighbouring states continued to negatively impact passenger traffic at Doha (DOH) -14.0% whereas Muscat (MCT) +25.2% and Kuwait (KWI) +24.3% both grew at a fast pace. The largest hub in the region Dubai (DXB) served over 8 million passengers in July (or growth of +5.9%) and surpassed Beijing (PEK) as the busiest airport for the month.


In terms of air freight, Asia-Pacific grew +9.3% while the Middle East grew +10.6% in July.


Exports continued to drive strong air freight growth in the Asia-Pacific during the month: Hong Kong (HKG) +11.1%, Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +12.9% and Seoul Incheon (ICN) +7.6%. In the Middle East, the pace of growth regained strength, Doha (DOH) grew by +14.5% and Dubai (DXB) grew by +5%.





TABLE 1:  Preliminary year-on-year traffic growth rates for Airports reporting highest traffic volume in the respective size category in July 2017 1


Top 3 airports by size category2



> 40M

25M to 40M

15M to 25M

5M to 15M


Dubai (DXB) +5.9%


Xi’an (XIY) +11.3%


Nanjing (NKG) +6.2%

Kuwait (KWI) +24.3%

Hong Kong (HKG) 


Beijing (PEK) -3.3%

Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) +3.3%

Abu Dhabi (AUH)    -5.7%

Muscat (MCT) +25.2%

Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +12.9%

Tokyo Haneda (HND) +1.0%

Melbourne (MEL) +4.1%

Bangalore (BLR) +10.0%

Sharjah (SHJ) +8.2%

Seoul Incheon (ICN) +7.6%



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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