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Traveller numbers rise 6.1% for November 2013 at ACI Asia-Pacific airports

Airports in Thailand continued to see strong growth in passenger traffic in November 2013 compared to the same month in 2012, according statistics released by ACI Asia-Pacific.

And the trade body says Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern saw a combined 6.1% increase in passenger traffic for November 2013, compared to the same month in 2012 according to ACI Asia-Pacific.

ACI Asia-Pacific says the growth rate was slightly lower than the previous 3 months, and a total of 116 million travellers passed through airport gates in the region.

In November 2013 at Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) and Chiang Mai (CNX) recorded a combined 23% growth, while other airports with double-digit growth included Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Siem Reap (REM), Phuket (HKT) and Phnom Penh (PNH).

Airports with the highest passenger throughput in November 2013 were Beijing (PEK) with 6.6 million, followed by Tokyo Haneda (HND), 6.2 million and Dubai (DXB), 5.3 million.

Traffic from January to November 2013 increased by 7.2% in Asia-Pacific and 10.3% in the Middle East compared to same period in 2012.

For air cargo, a growth of 12.9% was recorded in the Middle East where as Asia-Pacific airports also gained 5% growth year-on-year.

Overall cargo traffic from January to November 2013 remained stagnant in Asia-Pacific, with a slight increase of 0.6% but a strong 5.5% growth was recorded in the Middle East.

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