Asia Pacific airports post strong traffic growth

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Asia's airports handled 9.3% more traffic in March 2012
Asia's airports handled 9.3% more traffic in March 2012

Passenger traffic at airports in the Asia Pacific region continued to show a strong growth in March 2012.

According to the latest data from Airports Council International (ACI), the region saw a 9.3% year-on-year rise in passenger traffic during the month.

Japanese airports saw some of the strongest growth, rebounding significantly from last year’s natural disasters. Tokyo Narita (+30.3%) recorded the strongest year-on-year growth, followed by Tokyo Haneda (+28.8%) and Osaka Kansai (+20.3%).

Beijing continued to record the highest passenger throughput in the region, with almost 6.6 million passengers. Following in second place was Haneda, with more than 5.8 million passengers. Bangkok and Jakarta also recorded in excess of 4.7 million passengers in March 2012.

Commenting on the March 2012 traffic results, ACI’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Patti Chau said; “While we are pleased to see the continuous growth in the passenger traffic in the region, especially the strong rebound of the Japanese airports, the air freight market remains a concern where the path of recovery is still unclear.”

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