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Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport reported (19-Jan-2018) the following traffic highlights:

  • Dec-2017:
    • Passengers: 877,872, +4.7% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 448,372, +1.9%;
      • International: 429,500, +7.8%;
    • Cargo: 18,286 tonnes, +12.7%;
      • Domestic: 2247 tonnes, -5.9%;
      • International: 16,039 tonnes, +15.9%;
    • Aircraft movements: 8260, +0.5%;
      • Domestic: 5084, stable;
      • International: 3176, +1.3%;
  • 2017:
    • Passengers: 11.5 million, +6.6%;
      • Domestic: 5.9 million, +4.9%;
      • International: 5.5 million, +6.3%;
    • Cargo: 200,514 tonnes, +7.2%;
      • Domestic: 23,904 tonnes, +1.5%;
      • International: 176,610 tonnes, +8.1%;
    • Aircraft movements: 101,295, -0.4%;
      • Domestic: 61,763, -0.4%;
      • International: 39,532, -0.5%.

According to the CAPA Airport Traffic Database, Nagoya Chubu Centrair Airport reported passenger numbers increased 6.6% in 2017, marking the sixth consecutive year of passenger growth for the airport. [more - original PR - Japanese]

Saudia reported (21-Jan-2018) passenger numbers increased 8% year-on-year to a record of more than 32.16 million in 2017. International traffic increased 14%. The airline operated more than 200,000 services, including 119,000 domestic, 78,000 international and 9000 Hajj and Umrah services. [more - original PR - Arabic]

Kish Air reported (Jan-2018) passenger numbers increased 24% year-on-year in the first nine months of Solar Hijri year 1396 (Mar-2017 to Dec-2017). Total services increased 18%. Kish Island Airport handled 2041 services and 260,816 passengers and Kish Air accounted for 49% of services and 45% of passengers at the airport. [more - original PR - Persian]

Muscat Seeb International Airport reported (21-Jan-2018) the following traffic highlights:

  • Dec-2017:
    • Passengers: 1.3 million, +14.8% year-on-year;
      • Domestic: 95,379, +22.9%;
      • International: 1.2 million, +14.2%;
    • Aircraft movements: 9562, +4.1%;
      • Domestic: 794, +10.4%;
      • International: 8768, +3.6%;
  • 2017:
    • Passengers: 14.0 million, +16.7%;
      • Domestic: 1.2 million, +18.3%;
      • International: 12.8 million, +16.5%;
    • Aircraft movements: 114,258, +10.6%;
      • Domestic: 12,110, +27.4%;
      • International: 102,148, +8.9%.

According to the CAPA Airport Traffic Database, Muscat Seeb Airport achieved its highest annual passenger numbers since 2008 in 2017. [more - original PR]

Airbus, via its official Weibo account, announced (19-Jan-2018) 1546 Airbus aircraft were operated by Chinese airlines as of 31-Dec-2017, accounting for half of the 100 seat plus fleet in operation in China. Airbus aircraft in operation in China include 1309 A320 family aircraft, 216 A330s and the remainder comprising A380s, A300Fs and ACJs.

Airbus, via its official Weibo account, announced (19-Jan-2018) it delivered 176 aircraft to China in 2017, marking the eighth consecutive year the manufacturer has delivered more than 100 aircraft to China and accounting for 25% of Airbus' total deliveries globally. Aircraft delivered include 141 A320 family aircraft, 32 A330s and three A350 XWBs. Air China CEO George Xu, as quoted by Xinhua, said that for Airbus, "China is a crucial market and a strategic partner with win-win cooperation".

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