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April 2017: Passengers up 8% and 13% respectively in Asia-Pacific and Middle East

June 28, 2017 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Passengers traveling through the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern airports in April 2017 grew by +7.6% and +13% respectively compared to the same period last year1.

In China, Beijing (PEK) experienced a decline in passenger traffic of -8% in April due to the scheduled closure of a runway for maintenance. The two airports adjacent to the Beijing area benefited with substantial gains: Tianjin (TSN) +23.9% and Shijiazhuang (SJW) +27% likely as a result of the coordinated development approach adopted by the Government in the region.

In India, while the overall pace of increase in domestic passenger traffic continued to moderate, it is still driving outstanding growth in April for a number of small to medium-sized airports, possibly reflecting progress made by the Government’s policy to strengthen regional connectivity: Guwahati (GAU) +43.2%, Calcutta (CCU) +30.4% and Goa (GOI) +23.3%.

Elsewhere in Asia-Pacific, the South-East Asian region reported solid overall growth in April 2017 driven by vacation travels during Easter and the recovery of the Malaysian and Indonesian markets: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) +20.2% and Jakarta (CGK) +10.1%.

In the Middle East, passenger traffic continued to grow in April 2017. Dubai (DXB), the region’s largest hub grew by +9.2% and a number of airports also generated significant increase: Madinah (MED) +25.1%, Beirut (BEY) +29.3%, Muscat (MCT) +19%. The adverse impact on traffic from the ban on personal electronic devices will likely be seen in the coming months.

In terms of air freight, Asia-Pacific grew +8.8% while the Middle East grew +4.6%. The top three freight hubs: Hong Kong (HKG) +8.9%, Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +14.1% and Seoul Incheon (ICN) +11% delivered strong increase in April 2017. On the other hand, growth of air freight in the Middle East eased from last month. The largest hub in the region, Dubai (DXB) grew by +1.9%. Doha (DOH) was the exception, delivering growth of +16.3% for the month.

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