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Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern Airports grew over 8% in the first half of 2015

August 20, 2015 Airport No Comments Email Email

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
Passenger Freight
> 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%

 Note : 

  1. 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”. 
  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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