In Asia-Pacific, many airports posted double-digit growth for the month. The Lunar New Year holiday period significantly boosted international passenger traffic: Tokyo Haneda (HND) recorded an outstanding +51.1% increase in international passenger followed by Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +28.9%. Bangalore (BLR) grew at +29.6% in overall passenger traffic for the month and is likely to surpass 15 million1 by the end of 2015. The growth of Middle East airports were led by: Abu Dhabi (AUH) +21.5% and Doha (DOH) +15.6%.
In February, air freight statistics showed large increase for the Asia-Pacific +14.3% and the Middle East +12.3%. Many airports in Asia-Pacific reported significant growth for the month. These increases were primarily driven by strong boost leading up to the Lunar New Year holiday; and the modal shift to air transport by retailers and manufacturers due to congestion at major seaports along the west coast of the United States. Shanghai (PVG) led Asia-Pacific with the highest growth rate +23.6% whereas Dubai (aggregate DXB & DWC2) led the Middle East at +37.8%.
For the year to date, passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East recorded a year-on-year increase of +7.0% and +9.2% respectively. Freight volume grew +8.5% in Asia-Pacific and +10.9% in the Middle East.
TABLE 1: Airports reporting the highest traffic volume for the month of February 2015 (with respective growth rate from last year) according to preliminary traffic data
|Top 3 airports by size (Annual Traffic)|
|> 40M||25M to 40M||15M to 25M||5M to 15M|
|Beijing (PEK) +5.2%||Chengdu (CTU) +12.6%||Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) +57.5%||Phuket (HKT) +8.3%||Hong Kong (HKG) +22.6%|
|Dubai (DXB) +5.3%||Shenzhen (SZX) +9.7%||Jeju (CJU) +20.8%||Madras (MAA) +13.9%||Shanghai Pudong (PVB) +23.6%|
|Tokyo Haneda (HND) +16.1%||Mumbai (BOM) +20.3%||Xiamen (XMN) +3.1%||Osaka Itami (ITM) +5.6%||Incheon (ICN) +6.4%|
- 12-month rolling passenger volume at BLR surpassed 15M in February 2015, for the purpose of reporting under Table 1 above, BLR will be grouped under “15M to 25M”.
- 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 February 2015.
- 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.