Passenger traffic at Middle East and Asia-Pacific airports rose 12.1% and 7.1% respectively during 2012 compared to 2011, according to Airports Council International (ACI) Passenger and Freight Flash Reports.
During the year, Beijing recorded the highest with 81 million passengers, followed by Tokyo Haneda with 67 million passengers, while the other three hub airports, Jakarta, Dubai and Hong Kong, served around 57 million passengers.
ACI Asia-Pacific regional director Patti Chau said that the positive results of 2012 confirmed the recently published forecast that the Asia-Pacific region will grow at a steady 6% to 7% in passenger traffic until 2031.
"The report also forecasted global passenger traffic to grow at 4.1% per annum over the next 20 years and Asia Pacific will become the largest aviation market in the world," Chau said.
Other airports that recorded double-digit growth rates include Jakarta with a 14.4% rise, Dubai with a 13.2% rise, 10.6% growth at Bangkok, Singapore with 10.0% and Seoul Incheon with an 11.3% rise during the year.
Airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East reported sluggish air freight traffic results with 0.5% rise and 4.2% rises respectively when compared to 2011.
High cargo throughput was recorded in airports including Hong Kong with 4 million tonnes, followed by Shanghai Pudong with 2.8 million tonnes, Seoul Incheon with 2.3 million tonnes, Dubai handled 2.2 million tonnes, while Tokyo Narita handled 1.9 million tonnes during 2012.
During December 2012, passenger traffic at Asia-Pacific and Middle East airports increased 8.1% and 11.8% respectively over the corresponding month in 2011.
Asia-Pacific airports reported a 1.2% decline in air freight traffic, while Middle East airports registered a 3.4% rise during December 2012, up from December 2011.
Image: Beijing Capital International Airport recorded highest traffic with 81 million passengers handled during 2012.