Leap year hoists Asia-Pacific traffic

The number of travellers flying in and out of the Asia-Pacific region continues to prove strong with steady figures flying over February this year.

According to the Airport Council International (ACI), airports in the Asia Pacific saw a 7.7 percent increase in passenger traffic for the month compared to the same month last year.

Beijing recorded the highest passenger growth throughout the month with 5.9 million passengers passing through followed closely by Tokyo Haneda, Bangkok and Jakarta.

The Middle East also welcomed a year-on-year jump of up to 10.9 percent in movements, with Abu Dhabi performing the strongest passenger traffic growth for the region with a 24.5 percent rise.

Dubai also contributed to high movements, recording up to 4.2 million passengers compared to February 2011.

Despite the jump, ACI Asia-Pacific regional director Patti Chau warned destinations should be cautious and remember figures could have been swayed by the leap year.

“When looking at the year-on-year percentages for this month, we need to note that we are comparing a monthly record of 29 days versus 28 days as in February last year,” Ms Chau said.  

“Hence, the results, although still showed a positive trend, may not be as rosy as they looked.”

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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