Passenger traffic at airports in the Asia Pacific region increased 8.0% in 2015 – the fastest growth rate of any global region except the Middle East.
According to the latest data report from Airports Council International (ACI), Asia Pacific’s growth was considerably faster than the global average of +6.1% seen in 2015, with China (+8.0%) and India (+16.4%) driving the region. Half of the passenger traffic growth seen in Asia Pacific last year came from these two countries.
Other major contributors to the region’s strong growth were Thailand (+21.2%), South Korea (+10.7%), Hong Kong (+8.3%) and Japan (+4.0%). Indonesia was the only major Asia Pacific country to end the year with a decline in airport passenger traffic (-1.2%).
In China, passenger traffic growth was led by Shanghai Pudong Airport (+16.3%), while the region’s busiest passenger hub, Beijing Capital (pictured top), increased 4.4% to almost 90m passengers. Shenzhen Airport saw year-on-year growth of 9.5%. Despite the slowdown in Chinese economy, ACI noted that most of the country’s airports reported positive results for the year.
India’s aviation boom led to several of the country’s airports posting double-digit traffic growth in 2015. Significant growth was seen at Bengaluru (+25.2%), Hyderabad (+22.0%), Mumbai (+16.1%) and Delhi (+15.7%) airports.
Among all airports in the region, Bangkok Don Mueang (+40.6%) saw the strongest growth rate, while other notably performances were seen at Osaka’s Kansai (+19.9%) and Busan (+19.6%) airports.
Strong growth at Abu Dhabi (+17.3%) and Dubai (+10.7%) airports helped the Middle East record the world’s highest traffic growth in 2015, at +11.3%. All global regions experienced year-on-year growth in terms of airport passenger traffic in 2015, except Africa which dipped 0.1%.