Asia-Pacific airports recorded 5% increase in passenger traffic in May 2014. Wednesday, 16th July 2014 Source : ACI Asia-Pacific
Passenger traffic maintained steady growth for the month of May 2014, Asia-Pacific airports recorded a year-on-year increase of +5.3% while airports in the Middle East recorded an increase of +7.5%.†
Beijing (PEK) was the busiest airport for the month followed by Tokyo Haneda (HND), Hong Kong (HKG), Dubai (DXB), and Jakarta (CGK). Passengers travelling through Dubai (DXB) dropped by -2.5% in May compared to last year reflecting the impact of the temporary closure of two runways for refurbishment. † For year-to-date passenger traffic from January to May 2014, the Middle East continued to lead the region with a strong increase of +10.0%, while the Asia-Pacific posted an increase of +5.4%. † From January to May 2014, the busiest airports in the Middle East continued to demonstrate robust growth from last year: Abu Dhabi (AUH, +19%), Doha (DOH, +15.1%) and Dubai (DXB, +9.2%).
During this period, Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) and Kaohsiung (KHH) lead Asia Pacific airports in year over year growth both reporting growth rate in excess of +20%. Bangkok Don Muang (DMK)ís growth was supported by strong domestic traffic, whereas Kaohsiung (KHH)ís growth was driven by increase in international traffic. † Cargo traffic growth in the region appears to be stabilizing with improving global demand. Asia-Pacific airports recorded a year-on-year growth of +5.6% for the month of May 2014 while the Middle East recorded a decrease of -0.5%. Year-to-date growth was +5.0% for Asia-Pacific and +3.9% for the Middle East. † The top 5 airports with the highest cargo throughput from January to May 2014 were: Hong Kong (HKG, +6.2%), Shanghai Pudong (PVG, +7.8%), Seoul Incheon (ICN, +4.2%), Dubai (DXB, +0.8%) and Tokyo Narita (NRT, +10.3%).
The slowdown in cargo traffic growth in the Middle East was driven primarily by Dubai (DXB)ís temporary runway closure.
1. ASP = Asia-Pacific Area; ME = Middle East Area 2. 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.
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