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ACI Asia-Pacific recorded 5% increase in passenger traffic in first half of 2014

August 14, 2014 Association No Comments Email Email

Passenger traffic growth slowed down for the month of June 2014, Asia-Pacific airports recorded a year-on-year increase of +3.3% while airports in the Middle East posted an increase of +4.4%. 

Traffic growth for June 2014 showed mixed results across reporting airports. Among the top five airports, Beijing (PEK) was the busiest but with negligible growth (+0.1%), while Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Hong Kong (HKG) posted solid growth of +7.6% and +4.0% respectively. Both Jakarta (CGK) and Dubai (DXB) experienced a decline in growth from last year at -6.9% and -8.5% respectively. The temporary runway closure at Dubai (DXB) continued to have a negative impact on passenger traffic.

For year-to-date passenger traffic from January to June 2014, the Middle East continued to lead the region with a strong increase of +9.0%, while the Asia-Pacific posted an increase of +5.0%.

The Middle Eastern airports continued to demonstrate sturdy growth in 1H 2014 over last year, with Abu Dhabi (AUH, +19.4%) and Doha (DOH, +14.5%) leading the pack with double-digit growth. Over 90% of reporting airports in the Asia-Pacific recorded positive year-on-year growth in 1H 2014. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) however, reported a decline of -12.1%, likely contributed by the continuous political unrest in the city since late 2013.

Cargo traffic growth in the region continued the increasing trend but at a slower pace in June 2014. Asia-Pacific airportsrecorded a year-on-year growth of +4.5% for the month of June 2014 while the Middle East recorded a decrease of -3.9%. Year-to-date growth was +5.0% for Asia-Pacific and +2.5% for the Middle East.

The top 5 airports with the highest cargo throughput in 1H 2014: Hong Kong (HKG, +6.4%), Shanghai Pudong (PVG, +7.6%), Seoul Incheon (ICN, +3.8%), Dubai (DXB, -1.8%) and Tokyo Narita (NRT, +9.8%). The slowdown in cargo traffic growth in the Middle East was driven primarily by Dubai (DXB)’s temporary runway closure.

Summary of Asia-Pacific Region Traffic Results (%)




Jun 2014

Over  Jun 2013

Jan to Jun 2014

Over Jan to Jun 2013


rolling year

Pax Flash
Int’l passenger 2.3 5.0 5.5 9.5 7.2 9.6
Domestic passenger 4.2 4.8 6.0
Total passenger 3.3 4.4 5.0 9.0 6.4 9.3
Freight Flash
Int’l freight 4.9 (3.9) 5.3 2.5 3.5 4.1
Domestic freight 3.3 4.2 3.9
Total freight 4.5 (3.9) 5.0 2.5 3.6 4.1

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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