As we reported on Wednesday, the half-yearly upturn was only outshone by the performance of airports in the Middle East, which recorded a rise of 11.6% on the corresponding period a year ago.
Passenger traffic for the month of June 2013 has increased by 6.6% in Asia-Pacific and 10.6% in the Middle East, compared to June 2012.
Beijing (PEK), the airport with the highest passenger throughput in Asia, handled 40.8 million passengers in the first half of 2013 – 3.6% more than in 2012.
Dubai International Airport (+16.9%), Tokyo Hanedav(+1.7%), Jakarta (+3.4%) Hong Kong (+ 4.9%) all reported an upturn in passenger throughput.
In terms of international passenger traffic, Dubai (DXB) was the busiest airport in the region in 1H 2013, followed by Hong Kong (HKG), Singapore (SIN), Bangkok (BKK) and Seoul Incheon (ICN).
Apart from Dubai, other major airports in the region recording double-digit growth in 1H 2013 include Phuket (HKT, +19.5%), Hangzhou (HGH, +16.6%); Kuala Lumpur (KUL, +15.5%), Xiamen (XMN, +14.5%), Abu Dhabi (AUH, +12.6%) and Osaka (KIX, +12.3%).
For air cargo traffic, a slight decline of 1.1% was recorded at Asia-Pacific airports in June 2013 comparing to June 2012, while Middle Eastern airports continued the upward trend with a +4.8% year-on-year growth.
Cargo traffic from January to June 2013 showed a small drop of 0.7% in Asia-Pacific, and +6.1% increase in the Middle East comparing to same period last year.