According to data compiled by ACI Asia Pacific,
passenger traffic maintained a moderate growth rate for the month
of August 2014 with Asia Pacific airports recording a year-on-year
increase of +3.3%, while airports in the Middle East posted an
increase of +9.0%.
In August 2014, Beijing (PEK) was the busiest
airport despite almost flat growth (+0.7%) whereas Dubai (DXB),
the busiest airport in the region for international passengers,
rebounded by +10.8% as the runways resumed operation in late July
after the 80-day closure.
Many airports in the region reported
double digit growth for the month, with the following five airports reaching growth
rate in excess of +20%: Bangkok Don Muang (DMK),
Bahrain (BAH), Abu Dhabi (AUH), Chiang Mai (CNX) and Cochin (COK).
For year-to-date passenger traffic from January
to August 2014, the Middle East continued to lead the region with
a strong increase of +8.5%, while Asia Pacific posted an
increase of +4.6%.
The top 5 busiest airports in the region for the
year to date were Beijing (PEK, +1.4%), Tokyo Haneda (HND, +5.7%),
Dubai (DXB, +5.7%), Hong Kong (HKG, +5.7%) and Jakarta (CGK,
The Middle Eastern airports maintained sturdy growth for
the year to date, with Abu Dhabi (AUH, +20.5%), Sharjah (SHJ,
+14.2%), and Doha (DOH, +13.8%) posting double-digit growth.
Freight volumes continue to show signs of strong
recovery with improvements in global trade and commerce. Cargo
traffic recorded robust growth for the month of August 2014.
Asia Pacific airports recorded a year-on-year growth of +8.2%
while the Middle East recorded a significant growth of +20.5%.
Year-to-date growth was +5.8% for Asia-Pacific and +10.9% for the
Middle East. The strong growth in the Middle East was primarily
driven by the recent expanded operations at Doha (DOH) and Dubai
World Central (DWC).
The top five airports in the region with the
highest cargo throughput from January to August 2014: Hong Kong
(HKG, +6.9%), Shanghai Pudong (PVG, +8.9%), Seoul Incheon (ICN,
+4.0%), Dubai (DXB, -2.2%) and Tokyo Narita (NRT, +8.6%).
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