Passenger traffic rises in Asia Pacific and Middle East airports in May

11 July 2012 (Last Updated July 11th, 2012 18:30)

Airports in the Asia Pacific region recorded a 7.1% year-on-year rise in passenger traffic in May 2012, while Middle East airports recorded an 11.5% increase in the same month, according to Airport Council International's (ACI) Passenger and Freight flash reports.

HKIA terminal

Airports in the Asia Pacific region recorded a 7.1% year-on-year rise in passenger traffic in May 2012, while Middle East airports recorded an 11.5% increase in the same month, according to Airport Council International's (ACI) Passenger and Freight flash reports.

The report revealed that Beijing (PEK) airport served the highest number of passengers with more than 6.7 million, followed by 5.4 million passengers served by Tokyo Haneda (HND) airport in Japan.

The other high throughput airports in the regions include Hong Kong (HKG), Dubai (DXB) and Bangkok (BKK), which all recorded more than four million passengers during the month.

Asia Pacific airports reported a slight increase of 1.3% in air freight traffic during May, when compared to the same month a year ago.

Hong Kong (HKG) handled a high of 333,000t of freight in May 2012, while Shanghai Pudong (PVG) handled 241,000t, trailed by Seoul Incheon (ICN), Dubai (DXB) and Tokyo Narita (NRT).

Passenger traffic at Asia Pacific airports increased 8.4% from January to May 2012, while air freight traffic declined 1.5% when compared to the same period in 2011.

ACI Asia Pacific regional director Patti Chau said, "As the engine of global economic growth, the Asia Pacific region has once again achieved a significant result in passenger numbers and remained resilient to the worldwide economic uncertainties in terms of cargo traffic."

The ACI report revealed that Middle Eastern airports reported a 13.2% rise in passenger traffic for the first five months of 2012, when compared to the same period in 2011.

Middle Eastern airports also recorded a 2% rise in air freight traffic during May and a rise of 3.4% for the first five months of 2012.


Image: Hong Kong International Airport handled the highest freight during May 2012. Photo: Meelosh.