Asian airport traffic climbs 5.5% in Q1

Passenger traffic at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport fell 8.9% in Q1 (photo by aodaodaodaod)
Passenger traffic at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport fell 8.9% in Q1 (photo by aodaodaodaod)

Passenger traffic at airports in the Asia Pacific region continued to climb in the first quarter of 2014.

According to the latest data from Airports Council International (ACI), the region’s airports handled 5.5% more passengers in Q1 2014, compared to the same period last year. For the month of March however, the rate of growth slowed to just 2.3%.

Beijing Capital International Airport was the busiest Asian hub in Q1 2014, handling more than 20 million passengers – +1.4% up year-on-year.

And while over 90% of all reporting airports recorded positive year-on-year growth in Q1, traffic at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport slumped 8.9% due to the ongoing political unrest in the city.

The growth of domestic and international traffic was evenly spread in Q1, with domestic passenger numbers rising 5.6% and international increasing 5.5%.

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