ACI Asia Pacific reported (14-May-2012) a 10.8% year-on-year increase in passenger numbers at airports in the Asia Pacific region while traffic growth at Middle Eastern airports showed "an even more remarkable increase" of 16.4% in Mar-2012. The industry association noted traffic at Japanese airports have "significantly rebounded" from the Mar-2012 earthquake and tsunami with Tokyo Narita Airport reporting the strongest growth at +30.3% followed by Tokyo Haneda (+28.8%) and Osaka Kansai (+20.3%). Beijing Airport continued to report the highest passenger numbers in the region, at 6.6 million passengers, followed by Tokyo Haneda at 5.8 million passengers. Cargo volume at Asia Pacific airports fell 1.9% while cargo traffic at Middle Eastern airports increased 0.8% in Mar-2012. Hong Kong, Shanghai Pudong, Seoul Incheon, Tokyo Narita and Dubai airports remained the top five airports in the region in terms of cargo volume. [more - original PR]
ACI Asia Pacific: “While we are pleased to see the continuous growth in the passenger traffic in the region, especially the strong rebound of the Japanese airports, the air freight market remains a concern where the path of recovery is still unclear," Patti Chau, regional director. Source: Company statement, 14-May-2012.