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Asia-Pacific Airports Grew 10%, Middle Eastern Airports Grew 22% In July 2015

September 23, 2015 Association No Comments Print Print Email Email

Hong Kong] The summer holiday season boosted passenger traffic in July 2015, with Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern airports recorded growth of 9.9% and 22.3% respectively.http://www.footstepsinasia.com/

Majority of airports in the region reported positive passenger growth for the month with strong support from international travels. A number of Asia-Pacific airports recorded year on year gains in excess of 25%: Bangalore (BLR) +33%, Phuket (HKT) +28.6%, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) +27.1%, Osaka Kansai (KIX) +25.1%, Hyderabad (HYD) +25.1%. The Middle Eastern hub airports all recorded significant gains: Dubai (DXB) +29.5%, Doha (DOH) +24.9%, Abu Dhabi (AUH) 23.3%. Overall, Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) generated the highest increase among major airports at +52.4%.

Air freight continued to be impacted by slowdown across Asian export markets and oil producing economies. In July 2015, freight volumes were flat in Asia-Pacific 0% and the Middle East recorded a decrease of -0.9%. Manila (MNL) delivered the highest growth rate among both region at +15% driven by strong domestic freight volumes.

TABLE 1:  Airports reporting the highest traffic volume in July 2015 (with respective growth rate from last year) according to preliminary traffic data

Top 3 airports by size2
Passenger Freight
> 40M 25M to 40M 15M to 25M 5M to 15M  
Beijing (PEK) + 4.5% Shenzhen (SZX) +13.7% Abu Dhabi (AUH) +23.3% Madras (MAA) +7.3% Hong Kong (HKG)


Dubai (DXB) + 29.5% Sydney (SYD) +4.0% Osaka Kansai (KIX) +25.1 Osaka Itami (ITM)


Shanghai Pudong (PVB) -0.7%
Tokyo Haneda (HND) +6.4% Taipei (TPE) +4.4% Jeju (CJU) -4.2% Phuket (HKT) +28.6% Dubai (combined DXB & DWC1) +3.4%

Note : 

  1. 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 July 2015. 
  1. 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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