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ACI Asia-Pacific airports reported 4.9% passenger growth in January 2015

March 19, 2015 Airport No Comments Email Email

Continuing the growth recorded in 2014, Asia-Pacific airports started year 2015 with an encouraging average growth rate of +4.9% in passenger traffic, while the Middle Eastern airports posted an even more encouraging growth of +11.4% year-on-year.

However, mixed results were shown among the reporting airports. Among the top 10 busiest airports in the region, half showed positive growth while the rest reported decrease in traffic from last year. In Asia, Beijing (PEK) continued to lead as the busiest airport in the region serving close to 7 million passengers in January 2015. New Delhi (DEL) grew at +17.5% in the month and is likely to surpass 40 million1 by the end of 2015. Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) recorded the highest growth rate (+46.7%) among all reporting airports. In the Middle East, the strong passenger volume was contributed by double digit growth in the following airports: Kuwait (KWI) +22.2%, Abu Dhabi (AUH) +20.7%, Doha (DOH) +18%.

In terms of air freight traffic for the month, Asia-Pacific reported growth at +3.4%. Among the leading cargo airports in the region, Tokyo Haneda (HND) reported highest growth from last year at +21.4%. The Middle East continued to deliver strong performance at +9.6% with several airports reporting double digit growth year over year: Dubai (aggregated DXB & DWC2) +16.3%, Doha (DOH) +11.8% and Abu Dhabi (AUH) +11%.

TABLE 1:  Airports reporting the highest traffic volume for January 2015 (with respective growth rate from last year) according to preliminary traffic data

Top 3 airports by size (Annual Traffic)
Passenger Freight
> 40M 25M to 40M 15M to 25M 5M to 15M
Beijing (PEK) -1.2% Sydney (SYD) -0.8% Jeju (CJU) +24.8% Bangalore (BLR) +28.1% Hong Kong (HKG)  +1.6%
Tokyo Haneda (HND) +8.9% Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) -1.3% Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) +46.7% Osaka Itami (ITM) +1.9% Shanghai Pudong (PVB) +5.9%
Dubai (DXB) +7.7% Chengdu (CTU) +3.3% Brisbane (BNE) +0.5% Madras (MAA) +15.7% Incheon (ICN) -0.5%

Note : 

  1. 12-month rolling passenger volume at DEL surpassed 40M in January 2015, for the purpose of reporting under Table 1 above, DEL will be grouped under “Over 40M”. 
  1. The shift of all pure cargo flights from DXB to DWC was completed during 2014. Hence, for the purpose of this press release, the air freight traffic for DXB and DWC was calculated in aggregate to reflect the overall growth rate for Dubai in January 2015. 
  1. 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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