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ACI Asia-Pacific Airports Recorded 7.2% Growth in 2013 Passenger Traffic

February 17, 2014 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Asia-Pacific airports finished the year 2013 with +7.2% more passengers compared to 2012 while airports in the Middle East recorded a +10.1% year-on-year growth.

Attributing to the robust domestic economic growth and the rising propensity to travel, both international and domestic traffic in Asia-Pacific continued the momentum of 2012 and gained +8.6% and +6.4% respectively.

Beijing (PEK), the busiest airport in the region, handled more than 83 million passengers, up +2.2% from 2012.  Tokyo Haneda (HND) followed with 69 million, up +2.6% and the other 3 airports were Dubai (DXB) 66 million, up +15.2%, Jakarta (CGK) and Hong Kong (HKG) which welcomed more than 59 million passengers, representing +3.4% and +6.3% increase respectively.

Over 30% of the airports in the region have recorded double-digit growth in passenger traffic in 2013.  The top performers were mostly smaller airports eg. Xishuangbanna (JHG, +32.1%), Chiang Mai (CNX, +21.7%) and Siem Reap (REP, +19.8%).  Other airports with double-digit growth included Kunming (KMG, +24.0%), Hangzhou (HGH, +15.7%), Xiamen (XMN, +14.9%) in China; Kuala Lumpur (KUL, +19.1%), Kota Kinabalu (BKI, +18.6%), Kuching (KCH, +16.4%), Penang (PEN, +15.1%) in Malaysia; Abu Dhabi (AUH, +12.4%), Sharjah (SHJ, +12.0%) in addition to Dubai (DXB) in the United Arab Emirates.

The 2013 air freight traffic increased just slightly by +0.9% in Asia-Pacific but the Middle Eastern airports continued the steady growth and recorded a +5.4% increase year-on-year.

The top 5 airports with the highest cargo throughput in the region in 2013 were Hong Kong (HKG), handling over 4.1 million tonnes of freight, followed by Shanghai Pudong (PVG), 2.8 million tonnes, Dubai (DXB) and Seoul Incheon (ICN), both handled around 2.4 million tonnes and Tokyo Narita (NRT) with 1.9 million tonnes. The throughput volumes at these airports were similar to 2012 except for Dubai (DXB) which has recorded a strong +7.4% increase.

Despite the almost flat overall increase, some airports in the region registered double-digit growth in air freight traffic in 2013, eg. the Malaysian airports of Kuching (KCH), Penang (PEN) and Subang (SZB) which recorded +39.1%, +24.7% and +15.6% respectively. In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi (AUH) outperformed the rest by handling +24.4% more cargo than 2012. Other airports with double-digit growth are Nagoya (NGO, +16.4%), Cochin (COK, +12.9%), Kunming (KMG, +11.4%), Xiamen (XMN, +11.0%) and Osaka-Itami (ITM, +10.0%).

Summary of Asia-Pacific Region Traffic Results (% change)

 

 

 

Dec 2013

Over  Dec  2012

Jan to Dec 2013

Over Jan to Dec 2012

 

ASP

ME

ASP

ME

Int’l passenger

7.7

10.9

8.6

10.4

Domestic passenger

5.6

6.4

Total passenger

6.4

10.5

7.2

10.1

 

ASP

ME

ASP

ME

Int’l freight

3.0

5.6

0.2

5.4

Domestic freight

4.4

3.2

Total freight

3.4

5.6

0.9

5.4

Note : 

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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