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Asia-Pacific Airports grew 10% in July 2015

Asia-Pacific Airports grew 10%, Middle Eastern airports grew 22% in July 2015

[September 22, 2015 – Hong Kong] The summer holiday season boosted passenger traffic in July 2015, with Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern airports recorded growth of 9.9% and 22.3% respectively.

Majority of airports in the region reported positive passenger growth for the month with strong support from international travels. A number of Asia-Pacific airports recorded year on year gains in excess of 25%: Bangalore (BLR) +33%, Phuket (HKT) +28.6%, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) +27.1%, Osaka Kansai (KIX) +25.1%, Hyderabad (HYD) +25.1%. The Middle Eastern hub airports all recorded significant gains: Dubai (DXB) +29.5%, Doha (DOH) +24.9%, Abu Dhabi (AUH) 23.3%. Overall, Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) generated the highest increase among major airports at +52.4%.

Air freight continued to be impacted by slowdown across Asian export markets and oil producing economies. In July 2015, freight volumes were flat in Asia-Pacific 0% and the Middle East recorded a decrease of -0.9%. Manila (MNL) delivered the highest growth rate among both region at +15% driven by strong domestic freight volumes.

TABLE 1: Airports reporting the highest traffic volume in July 2015 (with respective growth rate from last year) according to preliminary traffic data

Top 3 airports by size2
PassengerFreight
> 40M25M to 40M15M to 25M5M to 15M
Beijing (PEK) + 4.5%Shenzhen (SZX) +13.7%Abu Dhabi (AUH) +23.3%Madras (MAA) +7.3%Hong Kong (HKG)

-1.9%

Dubai (DXB) + 29.5%Sydney (SYD) +4.0%Osaka Kansai (KIX) +25.1Osaka Itami (ITM)

-0.6%

Shanghai Pudong (PVB) -0.7%
Tokyo Haneda (HND) +6.4%Taipei (TPE) +4.4%Jeju (CJU) -4.2%Phuket (HKT) +28.6%Dubai (combined DXB & DWC1) +3.4%

Note :

1. The shift of all pure cargo flights from DXB to DWC was completed during 2014. Hence, for the purpose of this press release, the air freight traffic for DXB and DWC was calculated in aggregate to reflect the overall growth rate for Dubai in July 2015.

2. ACI PaxFlash and FreightFlash statistics are based on a significant sample of airports that provide regular monthly reports to ACI. They represent approximately 60% of total passenger traffic and 70% of total freight traffic worldwide. Commentary, tables and charts are based on preliminary data submitted by participating airports and are therefore subject to change.

About Airports Council International Asia-Pacific

ACI Asia-Pacific, one of the five regions of the Airports Council International (ACI), is based in Hong Kong and represents 99 members operating 580 airports in 47 countries in Asia-Pacific and the Middle-East.

As the only global trade association of the world’s airports, ACI represents airports’ interests with governments and international organizations, develops standards, policies and recommended practices for airports, and provides information and training opportunities to raise standards around the world. In 2014, ACI Asia-Pacific airports have handled 2.48 billion passengers and 46.3 million tonnes of cargo.


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