Despite continuation of the uncertainties in
both European and US markets, passenger traffic in the Asia
Pacific region continued to show a strong and steady growth in May
According to the latest ACI Passenger and
Freight Flash Reports, a year-on-year increase of 7.1% was
recorded at Asia Pacific airports.
Middle Eastern airports remained resilient
to the economic downturn and demonstrated a remarkable growth of
11.5% comparing to May 2011 a double-digit growth for 5 months
Beijing (PEK) continued to record the highest
passenger throughput in the region, with over 6.7 million
passengers. Tokyo Haneda (HND), with over 5.4 million passengers,
came second and the other 3 airports in the top 5 were Hong Kong
(HKG), Dubai (DXB) and Bangkok (BKK), all recorded over 4 million
passengers in May 2012.
Passenger traffic for the first 5 months of 2012
showed a strong increase of 8.4% and 13.2% for the Asia Pacific
and Middle East areas respectively when compared to the same
period last year.
For air freight traffic, Asia Pacific airports
continued the positive trend from last month and showed a slight
year-on-year increase of 1.3%, after being in the negative
territory for the first 3 months of 2012, Year-to-date result from
January to May 2012, however, still showed a decline of -1.5% when
comparing to same period last year.
Air freight traffic at Middle Eastern airports
continued to grow at a steady pace and recorded a year-on-year
increase of 2% in May and 3.4% increase year-to-date.
Same as last month, the top 5 airports with the
highest cargo throughput are Hong Kong (HKG), which handled over
333,000 tonnes of freight in May 2012, Shanghai Pudong (PVG), with
241,000 tonnes, followed by Seoul Incheon (ICN), Dubai (DXB) and
Tokyo Narita (NRT).
Commenting on the traffic results, Mrs. Patti
Chau, ACI Asia Pacific Regional Director said, As the engine of
global economic growth, the Asia-Pacific region has once again
achieved significant result in passenger numbers and remained
resilient to the worldwide economic uncertainties in terms of
cargo traffic. This achievement is attributed to the efforts of
airports, airlines and all stakeholders in this region and proves
to the world the strong potential of this market.
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