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Asia-Pacific and Middle East Airports Posted Strong Passenger Growth in 2017

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Hong Kong] In December, passenger traffic at Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern airports grew by +8.7% and +0.7% respectively compared to the same period last year.

In China, robust domestic passenger demand boosted the overall traffic growth in December to reach approximately +11%, the third highest level in 2017 behind January and November. Among the top 10 volume driver airports in the Asia-Pacific, 6 came from China led by: Guangzhou (CAN) +10%, Tianjin (TSN) +37.1% and Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +8.8%.

Overall growth in India reached approximately +15% in December, predominantly driven by vibrant domestic demand. The domestic sector in India has experienced high growth since 2015, and current month’s growth reached +16%. The top 3 airports in the country all reported solid results: Delhi (DEL) +15.3%, Mumbai (BOM) +7.2% and Bangalore (BLR) +16.1%.

In terms of international traffic volume, vacation travels stimulated strong growth in a number of airports in December: Seoul Incheon (ICN) was the top runner at +10.5% followed by Bangkok (BKK) +9.3% and Kuala Lumpur (KUL) +5.2%.

In the Middle East, passenger traffic continued to show mixed results in December. Dubai (DXB) grew by +1.9% while Doha (DOH) -16.9% continued to be negatively impacted by Qatar’s diplomatic crisis with a number of neighbouring states. The bright spots were in Kuwait (KWI) and Muscat (MCT) where strong growth of +17.1% and +14.8% respectively was observed.

For the year 2017, Asia-Pacific and Middle East grew +7.8% and +4.7% respectively. Overall passenger traffic growth in the Asia-Pacific maintained a strong momentum throughout the year while the pace of growth eased in the Middle East. Looking ahead, considering the aggressive expansion of low cost carriers in the region, and a number of festive holiday periods in the first quarter of 2018, passenger traffic is expected to remain solid going into the new year.

Note :
ACI preliminary passenger and freight 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.

Size categories refer to the annual passenger traffic (in the last 12 months)

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