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BEIJING CAPITAL LEADS THE WAY AS TRAFFIC RISES BY 8% ACROSS ASIA-PACIFIC IN 2015

Beijing Capital, Dubai International and Tokyo Haneda were the busiest airports in the Asia-Pacific region in 2015, ACI Asia-Pacific confirmed today.

The airports handled 89.9 million (+4.4%), 78 million (+10.7%) and 75.4 million (+3.8%) passengers respectively during the year, which saw an 8% upturn in passenger traffic across the region.

Traffic in the Middle East region increased by 11.3% during 2015.

In China passenger traffic growth was led by Shanghai Pudong (PVG), which registered a healthy 16.3% upturn in throughput.

Indeed, ACI notes that despite the slowdown in the Chinese economy, most airports in China reported positive results for the year.

Delhi
It also says that “solid economic growth” in India led to many of the country’s airports posting significant increases for the year. 

The pack being led led by Delhi–Indira Gandhi  (+15.7%), Mumbai–Chhatrapati Shivaji (+16.1%), Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (+25.2%) and Hyderabad–Rajiv Gandhi (+22%).

Among all airports across the region, Bangkok–Don Mueang (DMK) delivered the highest growth rate +40.6% for the year driven by both strong domestic and international travels. 

Other major airports in the region generated sizeable growth include Kansai (+19.9%) and Busan (+19.6%).

The Middle East led all other regions in passenger traffic growth rates, with major hubs all reported double digit growth for the year.

HK Cargo
Regarding freight volumes, Asia-Pacific reported growth of 1.5% for the year, although ACI admits that the market continues to reflect the “downward pressure from weakening of trade activities”.

It cites the negligible differences in volumes at Hong Kong (+0.1%), Seoul–Incheon (+0.6%) and Tokyo–Narita (-0.6%) as examples of this.

In the Middle East, freight traffic continued to benefit from network expansion of carriers posting strong growth of 10.7% for the year. 

Doha generated an impressive growth of +47.3% for the year driven by added frequencies and new destinations to the existing network, as well as new cargo airlines commencing operations at the airport in 2015. 

Other airports that generated double digit growth for the year included Dubai World Central, which recorded a 13% rise in tonnage.

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