Thursday, February 25, 2016

Asian airport traffic jumps 8%, driven by China and India

According to the latest data report from Airports Council International (ACI), Asia Pacific’s growth was considerably faster than the global average of +6.1% seen in 2015, with China (+8.0%) and India (+16.4%) driving the region. Half of the passenger traffic growth seen in Asia Pacific last year came from these two countries.

Other major contributors to the region’s strong growth were Thailand (+21.2%), South Korea (+10.7%), Hong Kong (+8.3%) and Japan (+4.0%). Indonesia was the only major Asia Pacific country to end the year with a decline in airport passenger traffic (-1.2%).

In China, passenger traffic growth was led by Shanghai Pudong Airport (+16.3%), while the region’s busiest passenger hub, Beijing Capital (pictured top), increased 4.4% to almost 90m passengers. Shenzhen Airport saw year-on-year growth of 9.5%. Despite the slowdown in Chinese economy, ACI noted that most of the country’s airports reported positive results for the year.

India’s aviation boom led to several of the country’s airports posting double-digit traffic growth in 2015. Significant growth was seen at Bengaluru (+25.2%), Hyderabad (+22.0%), Mumbai (+16.1%) and Delhi (+15.7%) airports.
25/02/16 Mark Elliott/Travel Daily Asia
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