Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern airports grew over 8%
AUG 19, 2015: Airports in the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East maintained steady growth in June 2015, reporting year over year gains at +4.9 percent and +6.1 percent respectively. Despite slowdown in regional trade activities, international travel remained resilient. For the first half of 2015, both regions recorded cumulative passenger traffic increase of +8.3 percent and +8.8 percent respectively.
A number of major airports in the Asia-Pacific generated year-on-year growth in excess of 15 percent in 1H 2015: Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +18.5 percent, Bangkok (BKK) +18.5 percent, Mumbai (BOM) +17.8 percent, and Kunming (KMG) +20.2 percent. Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) continued to generate the highest increase among major airports at +50.3 percent.
Air freight continued to be impacted by slowdown across Asian export markets. In June 2015, Asia-Pacific recorded a decrease of -0.2 percent and the Middle East maintained growth at +4.5 percent from the same period last year. From January to June this year, Asia-Pacific generated cumulative growth of +3 percent with New Delhi (DEL) achieving the highest growth rate at +12.2 percent. The Middle East grew at +8.6 percent year-to-date, and its largest freight hub Dubai (DXB) recorded increase of +2.8 percent.