ACI Asia Pacific reported (09-Aug-2013) passenger numbers at Asia Pacific airports increased 5.9% year-on-year and increased 11.6% at Middle East airports in 1H2013. China's Beijing Airport recorded the highest passenger throughput in the region with 40.8 million passengers, followed by Dubai Airport with 32.7 passengers (+16.9%), Tokyo Haneda with 32 million passengers (+1.7%), Jakarta with 29.1 million (+3.4%) and Hong Kong with 28.8 million (+4.9). In terms of international passenger traffic, Dubai was the busiest airport, followed by Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Seoul Incheon. In terms of cargo traffic, Asia Pacific airports recorded a 1.1% decline while Middle Eastern airports continued the upward trend with a 4.8% growth. Hong Kong Airport recorded the highest cargo traffic. [more - original PR]
Asia Pacific airports pax up 6%, Middle East up 12% in 1H2013, cargo mixed
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