Passenger traffic at airports in the Middle East and Asia Pacific rises
Passenger traffic at airports in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions increased 10.1% and 5.1% year-on-year respectively during September 2012, according to Airports Council International Passenger and Freight Flash Reports.
From January to September, passenger traffic at Middle East and Asia Pacific airports increased 11.9% and 7.7% respectively.
International passenger traffic at Middle East airport climbed 10.7%, while passenger numbers increased 6.9% in Asia Pacific airports.
Air cargo traffic at Middle Eastern airports reported a 6% rise, while in Asia Pacific airports cargo volume during the month increased 5.3% year-on-year.
During the first nine months of 2012, cargo volume increased in Middle East and Asia Pacific airports 3.4% and 0.5% respectively.
ACI Asia-Pacific regional director Patti Chau said that the passenger growth in Asia-Pacific is in line the agency's recently published ACI Global Forecast for 2012 - 2031 where they predicted that passenger traffic would grow by 4.1% per year over the next 20 years.
"Asia-Pacific, led by China and India, is expected to be the fastest growing region and will surpass Europe to be the largest aviation market by end of 2012," Chau said.
"The potential for domestic traffic is very high in Asia-Pacific, since several economies in the region are emerging as economic powerhouses with vast territories and relatively limited alternative forms of transport."
"As for cargo traffic, the Asia-Pacific region, already the largest freight market in the world, is forecast to grow the fastest, averaging 5.8% per annum, due to strong manufacturing in China and India."
High passenger growth was recorded in hub airports such as Abu Dhabi (ABU), Dubai (DXB), Bangkok (BKK) and Seoul (INC) during the month, reporting a growth of 14.5%, 12.8%, 12.3% and 11.2% respectively.
The highest passenger throughput was recorded at Beijing (PEK) airport with 7.1 million, followed by Tokyo Haneda (HND) with 6.4 million, Jakarta (CGK) and Dubai (DXB) both recorded 4.8 million, while Hong Kong (HKG) handled 4.4 million.
In terms of cargo traffic, Hong Kong (HKG) handled the largest volume of cargo during the month with 347,000t, while Shanghai Pudong (PVG) handled 256,000t, Seoul Incheon (ICN) 206,000t, Dubai (DXB) 193,000 and Beijing (PEK) 177,000t.
Photo: Beijing Capital International Airport handled 7.1 million passengers during the month, the highest in the region.