ACI Asia Pacific reported (11-Jan-2013) Asia Pacific airports passenger numbers increased 6.6% year-on-year and Middle East airports increased 7.0% in Nov-2012. Several major airports in the region recorded double-digit year-on-year growth including Jakarta (+14.8%), Taipei (+13.5%), Kuala Lumpur (+13.1%), Singapore (+12.2%), Seoul Incheon (+11.5%), Tokyo Narita (+11.2%), Melbourne (+10.1%) and Dubai (+10.0%). Beijing welcomed more than 6.5 million passengers and was once again, the airport with the highest passenger throughput in the region. The second busiest airport was Tokyo Haneda with 5.8 million passengers. For air freight, Asia-Pacific airports recorded an increase of +2.9% while Middle Eastern airports continued to grow at a slow but steady pace and recorded a year-on-year increase of +0.8%. [more - original PR]
ACI Asia Pacific: “It is encouraging to note that over 20 airports in the region recorded double-digit growth in November compared to same month last year, this number is significantly higher than in previous months. On the other hand, the grounding of Kingfisher Airlines last October has continued to bite on the then booming domestic travel market in India. Bangalore (BLR) lost 10% and Delhi (DEL) lost 20% of its domestic traffic in November when compared to November 2011. We certainly hope that the crisis with Kingfisher Airlines can be resolved as soon as possible," Patti Chau, regional director. Source: Company statement, 11-Jan-2013.