Hong Kong] Airports in the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East maintained steady growth in June 2015, reporting year over year gains at +4.9% and +6.1% respectively. Despite slowdown in regional trade activities, international travel remained resilient. For the first half of 2015, both regions recorded cumulative passenger traffic increase of +8.3% and +8.8% respectively.
A number of major airports in the Asia-Pacific generated year-on-year growth in excess of 15% in 1H 2015: Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +18.5%, Bangkok (BKK) +18.5%, Mumbai (BOM) +17.8%, and Kunming (KMG) +20.2%. Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) continued to generate the highest increase among major airports at +50.3%.
Air freight continued to be impacted by slowdown across Asian export markets. In June 2015, Asia-Pacific recorded a decrease of -0.2% and the Middle East maintained growth at +4.5% from the same period last year. From January to June this year, Asia-Pacific generated cumulative growth of +3% with New Delhi (DEL) achieving the highest growth rate at +12.2%. The Middle East grew at +8.6% year-to-date, and its largest freight hub Dubai (DXB) recorded increase of +2.8%.
Looking ahead towards the second half of 2015, passenger traffic is likely to maintain a solid track with support from leisure travels. However, the slowing down in trade activities continues to put pressures on both passenger and freight traffic in the coming months.
TABLE 1: Airports reporting the highest traffic volume in 1H 2015 (with respective growth rate from last year) according to preliminary traffic data
|Top 3 airports by size2|
|> 40M||25M to 40M||15M to 25M||5M to 15M|
|Beijing (PEK) + 6%||Mumbai (BOM) +17.8%||Jeju (CJU) +14.1%||Madras (MAA) +13.3%||Hong Kong (HKG)
|Dubai (DXB) + 10.4%||Shenzhen (SZX) +11.7%||Seoul (GMP) +8%||Osaka Itami (ITM)
|Shanghai Pudong (PVB) +5.0%|
|Tokyo Haneda (HND) +4.8%||Shanghai (SHA) +2.2%||Abu Dhabi (AUH) +17.3%||Phuket (HKT) +10.3%||Dubai (DXB) +2.8%|
- Airports size is determined on a rolling 12-month basis. In June 2015, the 12-monthly rolling passenger volume at CTU surpassed 40M, for the purpose of reporting under Table 1 above, CTU is grouped under “Over 40M”. Similarly, the 12-month rolling passenger volume at DMK surpassed 25M in the current month, hence for the purpose of reporting under Table 1 above, DMK is be grouped under “25M to 40M”.
- 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.