Airports in the Asia Pacific region have recorded a 5.7% year on year rise in passenger traffic in 2011 to 1.43 billion passengers when compared to 2010, according to Airport Council International (ACI).
The ACI world traffic report has also revealed that airports in the Middle East reported a 8.4% rise in passenger traffic when compared to 2010.
Asia Pacific’s freight traffic has however declined 1.5% when compared to 2010 while the Middle-East region reported a 1.6% rise compared to the previous year.
ACI Asia-Pacific regional director, Patti Chau, said: "Despite all the difficult times we had in 2011, it is rewarding to see that the region has recovered and recorded a healthy and positive growth in passenger traffic comparing to 2010."
"As for freight traffic, although the result was not as good as we have forecasted, it is still encouraging to see that this region accounted for over 40% of the world’s total traffic and out of the five busiest cargo airports, three are in our region," Chau added.
According to the report, Beijing Capital International Airport in China has handled over 77 million passengers during the period, which makes it the busiest airport in the region and second only to Atlanta airport.
Boosted by strong economic growth and rise in travel to the region, the airports in the region have achieved double digit growth, including New Delhi 21%, Jakarta 19%, Bangkok 12%, as well as Guangzhou, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur reported 10% rise in traffic.
During 2011, the total freight traffic volume handled by the airports in the region accounted to 35.8 million t.
According to the reports, Hong Kong (HKG) is the busiest cargo airport in the world, followed by Memphis (MEM) and Shanghai Pudong (PVG).
Image: ACI reported that the Beijing Capital International Airport handled highest passenger traffic next to Atlanta airport during 2011. Photo: Yaoleilei