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Strong start for Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern Airports: 10% growth in January 2016

March 24, 2016 Airport No Comments Email Email

Passengers traveling through the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern airports in January 2016 grew by +10.6% and +9.8% respectively.

Supported by continued momentum from 2015, many of the major airports in the Asia-Pacific region generated double digit growth for the month. In India, New Delhi (DEL) led with +21% growth while Shanghai Pudong (PVG) led in China at +20.5%. Other hubs also generated notable gains: Incheon (ICN) +13.7%, Hong Kong +13.3% and Singapore (SIN) +10%.

After a period of rapid development in Indonesia’s air travel market, the pace of growth slowed considerably in the past two years as market conditions became more challenging. Jakarta (CGK), serving primarily the domestic market, recorded a decline of -1.8% for the month.

The Middle East continued the growth trajectory from last year, the three major hubs delivered solid gains: Dubai (DXB) +6.3%, Doha (DOH) +19.2% and Abu Dhabi (AUH) +14.1%. Substantial progresses was also recorded at Muscat (MCT) +20% and Sharjah (SHJ) +11.3%.

Freight traffic grew +7.4% in the Middle East for the month, more than double the growth in the Asia-Pacific at +3.3%.

The improvement in freight volumes in Asia-Pacific may be positively impacted by the push leading up to Chinese New Year, hence partially offset the continued downward pressure from weakening of trade activities. In the Middle East, freight traffic continued to benefit from network expansion.

Eight out of the top ten freight hubs in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East posted positive gains for the month, led by Doha (DOH) +21.6%, Guangzhou (CAN) +9.8%, and Dubai (DXB) +8.2%. Other major airports that generated double digit growth include: New Delhi (DEL) +15.8%, Chengdu (CTU) +12.6%.

TABLE 1:  Airports reporting the highest traffic volume in January 2016 (with respective growth rate from last year) according to preliminary traffic data
Top 3 airports by size1
Passenger Freight
> 40M 25M to 40M 15M to 25M 5M to 15M
Beijing (PEK) +8.0% Shenzhen (SZX) +2.0% Abu Dhabi (AUH) +14.1% Madras (Chennai) (MAA) +7.3% Hong Kong (HKG)
Dubai (DXB) +6.3% Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) +9.0% Kansai (KIX) +22.7% Osaka Itami (ITM)        +3.0% Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +5.4%
Tokyo Haneda (HND) +6.9% Taipei (TPE) +16.9% Seoul Gimpo (GMP) +4.2% Phuket (HKT) +18.1% Dubai (DXB) +8.2%

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