ACI Asia-Pacific Recorded 6.4% Increase In Passenger Traffic
ACI Asia-Pacific Recorded 6.4% Increase In Passenger Traffic In Q1 2013
[May 15, 2013 – Hong Kong] ACI Asia-Pacific airports recorded +9.3% year-on-year growth in March 2013 and +15.4% at airports in the Middle East, according to the ACI Passenger and Freight Flash Reports.
Passenger traffic during the first quarter of 2013 was very promising, with a +6.4% year-on-year increase in Asia-Pacific and +12.6% in the Middle East.
Beijing (PEK) was the busiest airport in the region with close to 20 million passengers in Q1 2013, 4.8% more than Q1 2012. Dubai (DXB) was the busiest in terms of international passenger traffic, welcoming 16.5 million passengers, 15.6% more than same period last year. Other airports in the region recording double-digit growth in Q1 2013 include Kuala Lumpur (KUL, +11.0%), Seoul Incheon (ICN, +11.5%), Kunming (KMG, +21.7%), Hangzhou (HGH, +12.8%), Xiamen (XMN, +14.5%), Osaka Kansai (KIX, +19.0%) and Abu Dhabi (AUH, +15.9%).
On the contrary, air cargo traffic showed a slight decline of -1.1% at Asia-Pacific airports in March 2013 comparing to March 2012 whereas the Middle Eastern airports continued to grow steadily at +8.7% year-on-year.
In Q1 2013, air cargo traffic remains stagnant in Asia-Pacific, dropped slightly at -1.0% but the Middle Eastern airports recorded a strong increase of +9.8%. Despite the stagnant overall result, some airports in the region recorded double-digit growth in Q1 2013 including Dubai (DXB), handling 584,800 tonnes, 15.8% more than Q1 2012, Beijing (PEK, +10.6%), Abu Dhabi (AUH, +22.5%), Hangzhou (HGH, +15.8%) and Xiamen (XMN, +15.4%). Airport in the region with the highest cargo throughput in Q1 2013 was Hong Kong (HKG), handling over 942,000 tonnes of cargo, +1.6% higher than the same period last year.