Passenger traffic at Middle East and Asia-Pacific airports rose 15.4% and 9.3% respectively during the first quarter of 2013 (Q1) compared to 2012, according to a latest report from Airports Council International (ACI).
ACI's Passenger and Freight Flash Reports reveal that Beijing airport recorded the highest traffic of approximately 20 million passengers, up 4.8% compared to Q1 2012, while Dubai (DXB) airport welcomed highest international passenger traffic, with 16.5 million, reporting a 15.6% rise over 2012.
Airports which recorded double-digit passenger growth included Kunming (21.7%), Osaka Kansai (19.0%), Abu Dhabi (15.9%), Xiamen (14.5%), Hangzhou (+12.8%), Seoul Incheon (11.5%) and Kuala Lumpur (11.0%).
During the quarter, Asia-Pacific airports reported 1% drop in air cargo traffic, while Middle Eastern airports reported 9.8% rise compared to the corresponding quarter in previous year.
Dubai (DXB) handled 584,800t of cargo traffic during the quarter, up 15.8% over Q1 2012, while other airports reporting double-digit growth in air cargo traffic include Beijing (10.6%), Abu Dhabi (22.5%), Hangzhou (15.8%) and Xiamen (15.4%).
Hong Kong (HKG) airport in China reported highest cargo throughput in Q1 2013 and handled 942,000t of cargo, up 1.6% compared to the same period last year.
Air cargo traffic dropped 1.1% at Asia-Pacific airports in March 2013, while the Middle Eastern airports reported 8.7% growth year-on-year.
According to the latest ACI World Report, global air passenger traffic rose 4.6% in March 2013, while freight traffic declined 1% globally compared to last March 2012, with every region reporting decline in freight traffic volume excluding the Middle East.
Image: Hong Kong Airport reported highest cargo throughput during Q1 2013.