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Major Asia–Pacific hubs report big traffic rises


Dubai, Singapore Changi and Hong Kong airports all reported significant year-on-year rises in passenger traffic for the month of September.

Dubai, Singapore Changi and Hong Kong airports all reported significant year-on-year rises in passenger traffic for the month of September.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) led the way with a 25% increase, the September total of 3.9 million passengers meaning that 34.8 million (+15.8%) used the gateway in the first nine months of 2010.

Hong Kong International Airport reported a healthy 16.9% surge in numbers as 4.1 million passengers used the gateway during September. The upturn takes its year-to-date total to 38 million (+10.9%).

While Singapore Changi recorded a 10.8% rise in throughput as 3.3 million travellers passed through its facilities in September. The figure takes its year-to-date total to 30.8 million passengers (+15.3%).

And the upturn seems set to continue for the remainder of the year for all three airports, with the Airport Authority of Hong Kong’s CEO, Stanley Hui, even going as far to state that he anticipated air traffic would rise for the “foreseeable future.”

“If everything goes well, we are confident that the we will achieve record volumes in both passenger and cargo throughput this year, strengthening Hong Kong’s position as a leading international and regional aviation centre," says Hui.

Commenting on Dubai’s soaring traffic figures, Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, says: “We are seeing expansion across the board. Clearly Dubai’s aviation model is working. Open skies, supportive government policies, Dubai’s attractiveness as a business and leisure destination as well as its ideal location as a convenient global transit point are behind this impressive growth.”

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