Despite slowdown in regional trade activities, passenger growth was supported by robust international traffic. A number of the major airports recorded year-on-year growth in excess of 20%: Dubai (DXB) +23.2%, Shanghai (PVG) +22%, Bangkok (BKK) +22.8%. Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) continued to deliver the highest growth among major airports at +49.6%.
In contrast, air freight in both regions continued to be impacted by weak economic growth in Europe and slowdown across Asian export markets. Asia-Pacific recorded marginal increase of +1.6% while the Middle East grew +4.4% from last year. Among major cargo airports in the region, New Delhi (DEL) led Asia-Pacific with the highest growth rate at +16% whereas Doha (DOH) led the Middle East at +14.7% for the month.
The month of May showed diverging results for passenger and freight traffic in both Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. While passenger traffic remained resilient, the slowdown in trade activities and air freight traffic may put downward pressures on business travels in the coming months.
TABLE 1: Airports reporting the highest traffic volume for the month of May 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) +5.9%||Mumbai (BOM) +15.2%||Jeju (CJU) +32.1%||Madras (MAA) +11.1%||Hong Kong (HKG)
|Dubai (DXB) +23.2%||Manila (MNL) +4.1%||Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) +49.6%||Osaka Itami (ITM)
|Shanghai Pudong (PVB) +5.6%|
|Tokyo Haneda (HND) +2.8%||Chengdu (CTU) +14%||Doha (DOH) +13.3%||Busan (PUS) +31.3%||Dubai (combined DXB & DWC1) +4.9%|
- 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 May 2015.
- Airports size is determined on a rolling 12-month basis.
- 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.