APAC airports announce strong pax growth


Beijing Airport
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Asia Pacific airports experienced an 8.5 percent increase in passenger traffic during the first half of 2012 compared with the same period year-on-year.

The results of the latest Airports Council International (ACI) Passenger and Freight Flash Reports were revealed this week.

Beijing Capital Airport garnered the region’s highest traffic results, catering to almost 40 million passengers; making it the second busiest airport in the world, after Atlanta Airport.

Other regional international aviation hubs including Bangkok, Singapore and Seoul Incheon all experienced passenger growth during the first six months of the year.

Looking at the passenger traffic for June 2012, it is a continuation of a strong and steady growth, according to ACI.

Hong Kong Airport recorded the highest cargo throughput in the APAC region, transporting over 334,000 tonnes in June 2012.

“Our region went through a challenging year in 2011 and it is encouraging to see a strong rebound in the passenger traffic in the first 6 months of 2012,” ACI Asia Pacific regional director Patti Chau said.

“Driven by the growth in intra-regional and domestic passenger traffic, the region remains resilient to the economic uncertainty that is still looming in other parts of the world.”

Ms Chau added that “many airports in the region are undergoing expansion projects or construction of new airports,” which she believes is “the right direction and gives confidence to government and private investors.”

The Middle East outperformed all regions in the world with impressive growth figures, exceeding 13 percent year-on-year in regards to passenger traffic.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
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