Asia-Pacific and Middle East delivered strong passenger traffic growth in April 2016, at +7.3% and +9.7% respectively.
Passenger traffic growth in April while still quite sturdy in both regions; appeared to have moderated after a strong first quarter, with year-to-date and rolling 12-month results both lower than the year before. Among the larger hubs in Asia-Pacific and Middle East, majority recorded positive gains and the top runners were Delhi (DEL) +20.8%, Tokyo Haneda (HND) +9.7% and Singapore (SIN) +9.2%.
Elsewhere in the region, a few airports managed to generate substantial increase for the month: Nanjing (NKG) +28.5%, Phuket (HKT) +21.7%, Bangalore (BLR) +21.5%.
Air freight volumes were largely stagnant in April 2016 for the Asia-Pacific posting marginal increase at +1.3% whereas growth in the Middle East remained solid at +4.9%.
The top 3 airfreight hubs in Asia-Pacific all reported mild increase from last year: Hong Kong (HKG) +1.2%, Shanghai (PVG) +0.6%, Incheon (ICN) +1.2%. Among Asia-Pacific airports, Singapore (SIN) generated the highest growth at +7.2%.
The picture in the Middle East was mixed, while Dubai (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) maintained the momentum and delivered solid growth at +4.8% and +2.6% respectively, Doha (DOH) continued to expand at a fast pace at +19%.
TABLE 1: Airports reporting the highest traffic volume in April 2016 (with respective growth rate from last year) according to preliminary traffic data.
|Top 3 airports by size1|
|> 40M||25M to 40M||15M to 25M||5M to 15M|
|Beijing (PEK) +2.9%||Manila (MNL) +7.7%||Seoul Gimpo (GMP) +3.3%||Phuket (HKT) +21.7%||Hong Kong (HKG)
|Dubai (DXB) +7.2%||Kunming (KMG) +7.7%||Kansai (KIX) +11.0%||Busan (PUS) +12.0%||Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +0.6%|
|Tokyo Haneda (HND) +9.7%||Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) -0.7%||Abu Dhabi (AUH) +4.8%||Osaka Itami (ITM) +1.8%||Incheon (ICN) +1.2%|