Asia-Pacific and Middle East report steady rise in April passenger traffic

18 June 2012 (Last Updated June 18th, 2012 04:35)

Asia-Pacific's top five airports reported a 9.5% rise in passenger traffic during April, while the Middle East recorded a 10% increase, according to a new report from Airport Council International (ACI).

Beijing International airport

Asia-Pacific's top five airports reported a 9.5% rise in passenger traffic during April, while the Middle East recorded a 10% increase, according to a new report from Airport Council International (ACI).

ACI Passenger and Freight Flash Reports revealed Beijing (PEK) airport served a high of 6.7 million passengers, while Tokyo Haneda (HND) handled over 5 million.

The remaining three airports include Hong Kong (HKG), Jakarta (CGK) and Bangkok (BKK), which have reported more than 4.6 million passengers each during the month.

Air freight traffic in the Asia-Pacific region declined 3.1%, while overall freight volume dropped by 1.6% over the first four months of 2012.

The Middle Eastern region reported a 4.9% rise in air freight traffic during April, and a 3.8% rise during January-April 2012, when compared to same period in 2011.

ACI Asia-Pacific regional director Patti Chau said although air freight in the Asia-Pacific area still suffers from the impact of worldwide economic uncertainties, it is encouraging to see that air freight in the Middle East, as well as passenger traffic in both Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern areas continues to grow at a steady pace.

"This growth is in line with the ACI global traffic forecast issued in 2011," Chau added.

Hong Kong (HKG) accounted for the highest freight throughput in the region by handling over 337,000t of cargo during April, followed by Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Seoul Incheon (ICN), Dubai (DXB) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) airports.


Image: The Beijing Capital International Airport served a high of 6.7 million passengers, placing it among the top five airports in the Asia-Pacific region during April 2012. Photo: courtesy of Yaoleilei.