ACI Asia Pacific reported (19-Nov-2012) passenger numbers at Asia Pacific airports increased 5.1% year-on-year in Sep-2012 while Middle Eastern airports continued the strong growth and reported a 10.1% increase in passengers. Hub airports including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bangkok and Seoul all recorded double-digit growth. Beijing continued to be the busiest airport in the region with almost 7.1 million passengers followed by Tokyo Haneda, Jakarta, Dubai and Hong Kong. In terms of air cargo traffic, Asia-Pacific airports recorded a strong rebound in Sep-2012 with an increase of 5.3% while Middle Eastern airports recorded a 6.0% increase. [more - original PR]
ACI Asia Pacific: “The traffic growth of +5.1% in Asia-Pacific is in line with the forecast in the recently published ACI Global Forecast for 2012 – 2031 where ACI forecast that passenger traffic will grow by 4.1% per annum over the next 20 years. Also, Asia-Pacific, led by China and India, is expected to be the fastest growing region and will surpass Europe to be the largest aviation market by end of 2012. The potential for domestic traffic is very high in Asia-Pacific, since several economies in the region are emerging economic powerhouses with vast territories and relatively limited alternative forms of transport," Patti Chau, regional director. Source: Company statement, 19-Nov-2012.