Asia Pacific passenger traffic increases 7.7% in February: ACI

16 April 2012 (Last Updated April 16th, 2012 04:35)

Airports in the Asia Pacific region reported a 7.7% rise in passenger traffic in February 2012 compared to 2011, according to the Airport Council International (ACI).

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Airports in the Asia Pacific region reported a 7.7% rise in passenger traffic in February 2012 compared to 2011, according to the Airport Council International (ACI).

The ACI Freight Flash Reports also revealed that airports in the Middle East region reported a 10.9% rise in year-on-year passenger traffic during the same month.

ACI Asia-Pacific regional director, Patti Chau, said: "When looking at the year-on-year percentages for this month, we need to note that we are comparing a monthly record of 29 days versus 28 days as in February last year."

"Hence, the results, although still showed a positive trend, may not be as rosy as they looked," Chau said.

Jakarta (CGK) and Abu Dhabi (ABU) airports have recorded the year-on-year rises in passenger traffic of 27.3% and 24.5% respectively, marking the strongest rise in the region.

In February, Beijing Capital International Airport in China has served about 5.9 million passengers followed by Tokyo Haneda (HND) serving 5.1 million passengers, Bangkok (BKK), Jakarta (CGK) and Dubai (DXB) served about 4.2 million passengers during the period.

Year to date traffic in the Asia Pacific region rose 8.4% while airports in Middle East reported 10.4% rise during the period.

Air freight traffic in the region rose 13.8% year-on-year in February, while it has registered a year-to-date decline of 1% during the period.

Middle East region airports have reported 5.3% rise in air freight volume during the period and a 3.3% year-to-date rise.

In terms of cargo traffic, Hong Kong (HKG), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) and Seoul Incheon (ICN) remained as top three airports in the region, followed by Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Dubai international airport.

 

Image: Beijing Capital International Airport in China has served about 5.9 million passengers in February this year. Photo: Yaoleilei