Hong Kong] Passenger traffic exhibited solid growth for the month of April 2015; with Asia-Pacific airports reported +9.3% growth and the Middle East recorded gain of +8.0% year over year.
The positive growth in most of Asia-Pacific airports was contributed in part by the boost during the Easter holiday period. A number of the major airports reported close to 20% year-on-year growth: Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +19.9%, Incheon (ICN) +18.9%, Mumbai (BOM) +20.7%. Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) continued to deliver the highest growth among major Asia-Pacific airports at +42.2% whereas both Doha (DOH) and Abu Dhabi (AUH) led the Middle East with +15.5% growth.
Air freight in Asia-Pacific experienced marginal growth of +2.6% year over year for the month. The slowing down in freight volumes reflected weaker demands from Europe and slowdown across Asian export markets. The Middle East sustained strong growth at +14.5% due to expansion in both capacity and network. Among major cargo airports in the region, New Delhi (DEL) led Asia-Pacific with the highest growth rate at +19% whereas Dubai (aggregate DXB & DWC1) led the Middle East at +19.6% for the month.
TABLE 1: Airports reporting the highest traffic volume for the month of April 2015 (with respective growth rate from last year) according to preliminary traffic data
|Top 3 airports by size2|
|> 40M||25M to 40M||15M to 25M||5M to 15M|
|Beijing (PEK) +7.3%||Chengdu (CTU) +17.1%||Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) +42.2%||Madras (MAA) +17.7%||Hong Kong (HKG)
|Shanghai (SHA) +4.9%||Jeju (CJU)
|Osaka Itami (ITM) +1.4%||Shanghai Pudong (PVB) +3.8%|
|Hong Kong (HKG) +8.9%||Mumbai (BOM) +20.7%||Seoul (GMP) +8.6%||Busan (PUS) +23.9%||Incheon (ICN) +1.8%|
- 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 April 2015.
- Airports size is determined on a rolling 12-month basis.
- 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.