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ACI Asia-Pacific recorded 5.5% increase in passenger traffic in Q1 2014

May 17, 2014 Association No Comments Email Email

Overall passenger traffic growth slowed down for the month of March 2014, Asia-Pacific airports recorded a modest year-on-year increase of +2.3% while airports in the Middle East recorded an increase of +5.9%. 

For passenger traffic results in Q1 2014, Middle East continued to lead the region with a strong increase of +8.6% compared to the same period last year, while the Asia-Pacific posted an increase of +5.5%.

Beijing (PEK) was the busiest airport in the region in Q1 2014 handling over 20 million passengers, representing a +1.4% growth from the same period last year. Much of the region’s growth was fueled by Dubai (DXB) as the busiest in terms of international passenger traffic, serving over 18 million passengers with a robust growth of +11.4% from last year. While over 90% of all reporting airports recorded positive year-on-year growth in Q1 2014, Bangkok (BKK) recorded a decrease of -8.9%, likely impacted by the ongoing political unrest in the city.

For air cargo traffic, Asia-Pacific airports recorded a year-on-year growth of +5.2% for the month of March 2014 while the Middle East recorded an increase of +4.3%.

In Q1 2014, air cargo was increased by +4.4% and +3.3% in Asia-Pacific and Middle East respectively. The top 5 performing airports continued to deliver positive growth in the quarter: Hong Kong (HKG, +5.6%), Shanghai (PVG, +6.9%), Dubai (DXB, +5%), Seoul (ICN, +6.1%) and Tokyo (NRT, +11%). Overall, Hong Kong (HKG) had the highest cargo throughput in the quarter handling 997,000 tonnes of cargo.

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

 

 

 

Mar 2014

Over  Mar 2013

Jan to Mar 2014

Over Jan to Mar 2013

12-month

rolling year

Pax Flash
  ASP ME ASP ME ASP ME
Int’l passenger 2.0 6.2 5.5 9.0 7.6 9.7
Domestic passenger 2.8 5.6 6.6
Total passenger 2.3 5.9 5.5 8.6 6.9 9.5
Freight Flash
  ASP ME ASP ME ASP ME
Int’l freight 5.2 4.3 4.6 3.3 1.7 4.5
Domestic freight 5.1 3.8 3.1
Total freight 5.2 4.3 4.4 3.3 2.1 4.5

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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