The airport trade body says it maintained a steady growth rate for the month of July 2014, and Asia-Pacific airports recorded a year-on-year increase of 3.5% while gateways in the Middle East posted a rise of 5%.
Year-to-date passenger traffic from January to July 2014, the Middle East continued to lead the region with a strong increase of 8.4%, while the Asia-Pacific posted growth of 4.2%.
The top five busiest airports in the region were Beijing Capital International Airport (+1.6%), Tokyo Haneda Airport (+5.6%), Dubai International Airport (+4.9%), Hong Kong International Airport (+6.1%), and Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta Airport (-5.2%).
Tokyo Haneda’s growth was partially attributed to the strong increase in international passenger traffic, up by 21.7%, where as Jakarta was impacted by slowdown of domestic passenger traffic with a drop of 6.4%.
The Middle Eastern airports continued to demonstrate sturdy growth for the year to date, with Abu Dhabi International Airport up 19.7%, and Doha International Airport up 14%.
Other airports in the region reporting growth rates in excess of 15% include: Bangkok Don Muang (21.5%), Kaohsiung (20.5%), Chiang Mai (19.4%) and Goa (17.4%).
ACI Asia-Pacific says freight volumes continue to show signs of strong recovery with improvements in global trade and commerce.
Cargo traffic recorded robust growth for the month of July 2014 with Asia-Pacific airports recording a year-on-year growth of 6.8% while the Middle East recorded growth of 12.%, and year-to-date growth was 5.1% for Asia-Pacific and 9.6% for the Middle East.
The strong growth in the Middle East was primarily driven by the recent expanded operations at Doha and Dubai World Central.