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Passenger traffic in Asia-Pacific and Middle East grew around 8% in August 2016

November 11, 2016 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

In August 2016, Asia-Pacific and Middle East delivered passenger traffic increase at +7.5% and +8.1% respectively in the midst of an overall easing in growth momentum globally.In Asia-Pacific, South Korean airports appear to have recovered fully from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in 2015. Many airports reported robust growth for the month led by: Seoul Incheon (ICN) +22.5%, Busan (PUS) +17.8%, Jeju (CJU) +12.3%.

Domestic passenger travels continued to stimulate growth in India. Many airports reported growth in excess of 20% in August 2016. Top runners include: Ahmedabad (AMD) +26.2%, Goa (GOI) +25.6% and Hyderabad (HYD) +25.2%.

In China and Japan, growth in the current month was largely driven by gains in international passengers. Kunming (KMG) led growth in China at +11.7% and Naha (OKA) led in Japan at +11.5% in terms of total passenger traffic. Both airports recorded substantial international passenger growth of +21.7%.

In the Middle East, Muscat (MCT) and Doha (DOH) were in leading positions reporting passenger traffic gains at +18% and +17.4% respectively for the month.

Regarding air freight, despite global trade growth remaining sluggish, in August 2016 Asia-Pacific and Middle East generated increase at +4.5% and +3.5% respectively.

Top freight hubs in Asia-Pacific delivered solid increase for the month: Hong Kong (HKG) +3.5%, Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +2.6% and Incheon (ICN) +3.2%. Shenzhen (SZX) +13.11% generated the highest growth in the region.

The result in the Middle East was mixed, air freight volumes at the largest hub Dubai (DXB) shrank -3% for the month while Doha (DOH) continued to expand at a fast pace at +20.2%.

TABLE 1:  Airports reporting highest preliminary year-on-year traffic growth rates in August 2016 1

Top 3 airports by size category2
Passenger Freight
> 40M 25M to 40M 15M to 25M 5M to 15M
Beijing (PEK) +6.8% Tokyo Narita (NRT) +2.6% Kansai (KIX) +3.7% Osaka Itami (ITM) +4.3% Hong Kong (HKG)
Dubai (DXB) +6.1% Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) +5% Seoul Gimpo (GMP) +5.5% Phuket (HKT) +16.9% Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +2.6%
Tokyo Haneda (HND) +4.5% Doha (DOH) +17.4% Abu Dhabi (AUH) +2.3% Busan (PUS) +17.8% Seoul Incheon (ICN) +3.2%

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