- Passenger numbers: 24.3 million, +13.3% year-on-year;
- Domestic: 14.2 million, +17%;
- International: 10.1 million, +8.4%;
- Flights: 171,341, +8.1%;
- Domestic: 112,319, +11%;
- International: 46,889, +7%;
- On-time performance:
- Domestic: 90.1%;
- International: 88.2%.
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