Asia Pacific airports showed a remarkable
rebound from 2011 and recorded a strong +8.5% increase in
passenger traffic in the first half of 2012 compared to the same
period last year.
According to the latest ACI Passenger and
Freight Flash Reports, the Middle East outperformed other regions
in the world with an enviable growth of +13.2% year-on-year in
Beijing (PEK) handled more than 39.3 million
passengers in the first half of the year and is the second busiest
airport in the world after Atlanta (ATL).
Major international hubs
in the region such as Bangkok (BKK) recorded an increase of
+14.2%, Dubai (DXB), +13.7% while Singapore and Seoul Incheon
handled +11.6% more passengers in the first 6 months of 2012
comparing to the same period in 2011.
It is also encouraging to see a strong rebound
in the Japanese airports. Osaka Kansai (KIX) and Tokyo Narita
(NRT) both recorded over +21% year-on-year increase in the first
half of 2012.
Just looking at the passenger traffic for June
2012, it is a continuation of a strong and steady growth. An
increase of +7.7% was recorded in the Asia Pacific area and +13.1%
in the Middle East area.
Once again, Beijing (PEK) topped the list
as the airport in the region with the highest passenger
throughput, with over 6.7 million passengers. Tokyo Haneda (HND)
came second, with over 5.2 million while Jakarta (CGK), just
crossing the 5 million mark, was ranked third. The other 2
airports in the top 5 were Dubai (DXB) and Hong Kong (HKG), both
handled over 4.6 million passengers in June 2012.
In terms of air cargo traffic, after being in
the negative territory for 2 consecutive months, Asia Pacific
airports recorded a slight increase of +1.7% in June 2012 compared
to June 2011. Middle Eastern airports continue to do well in air
cargo with a +9.2% year-on-year increase during the month.
Hong Kong (HKG), once again, is the airport in
the region with the highest cargo throughput, with over 334,000
tonnes in June 2012. Same as last month, Shanghai Pudong (PVG),
Seoul Incheon (ICN), Dubai (DXB) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) remain to
be the other 4 airports in the top 5 busiest cargo airports in the
Summarizing the air cargo traffic for the first
half of 2012, there is a slight decrease of -1.0% in the Asia
Pacific airports when comparing to the same period last year but
the Middle East area remains resilient to the economic downturn
and recorded an increase of +4.4%. While Memphis (MEM) is still
the busiest cargo hub in the world, Hong Kong (HKG) is only
slightly behind with a throughput of 1.92 million tonnes of air
cargo in the first 6 months of 2012.
“Our region went through a challenging year in
2011 and it is encouraging to see a strong rebound in the
passenger traffic in the first 6 months of 2012. Driven by the
growth in intra-regional and domestic passenger traffic, the
region remains resilient to the economic uncertainty that is still
looming is other parts of the World,” said ACI Asia Pacific Regional Director, Mrs. Patti Chau.
“Many airports in the region are undergoing expansion projects or
construction of new airports, this positive half-year result
proves that they are going the right direction and gives
confidence to government and private investors.”
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