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Strong start for Asia-Pacific and Middle East Airports in January 2017: Passengers up 12% and 9% respectively

March 24, 2017 Airport No Comments Email Email

Boosted by holiday travels, passenger traffic across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East grew by +11.5% and +9.3% respectively in January 2017.India continued to generate the highest growth rate in the Asia-Pacific region, backed by robust domestic passenger travels. New Delhi (DEL), the busiest airport in India, served 21% more passengers in January 2017 compared to the same period last year. Many airports delivered substantial gains in the month: Calcutta (CCU) +34.4%, Bangalore (BLR) +26.9%, and Goa (GOI) +26.6%.

The Chinese New Year holiday, that fell in the month of January this year, boosted growth in both international and domestic passenger traffic at many airports in the region. Kunming (KMG) recorded the highest growth in China at +20.6%, followed by Hangzhou (HGH) +18.7% and Xiamen (XMN) +17.1%. Elsewhere in the region, Kuala Lumpur (KUL) registered an increase of +15.7% and Seoul Incheon (ICN) gained +12.1%.

In the Middle East, passenger traffic growth remained resilient in January 2017. Dubai (DXB), the largest hub in the region, grew +9.7% from last year while Muscat (MCT) and Doha (DOH) led the Middle East, growing at +14.7% and 14% respectively.

In terms of air freight, Asia-Pacific grew +4.5% while the Middle East grew +8.2% in January 2017. The slower pace of growth in the Asia-Pacific was likely a result of factory closure during Chinese New Year. Among the major freight hubs, Mumbai (BOM) was the top runner growing at +27.1% followed by Doha (DOH) at +20.9%.

TABLE 1:  Airports reporting highest preliminary year-on-year traffic growth rates in January 2017 1

Top 3 airports by size category2
Passenger Freight
> 40M 25M to 40M 15M to 25M 5M to 15M
Beijing (PEK) +8.5% Manila (MNL) +7% Abu Dhabi (AUH) +2.6% Hyderabad (HYD) +26.2% Hong Kong (HKG)
+3.1%
Dubai (DXB)
+9.7%
Doha (DOH) +14% Bangalore (BLR) 26.9% Muscat (MCT) +14.7% Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +7.6%
Tokyo Haneda (HND) +2.8% Tokyo Narita (NRT) +8.3% Xiamen (XMN) +17.1% Osaka Itami (ITM) +2.6% Seoul Incheon (ICN) +9.5%

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