India drives Asian airport traffic growth

Passengers at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport
Passengers at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport

Passenger traffic at airports in the Asia Pacific region increased 7.2% in May 2016.

According to the latest data from Airports Council International (ACI), this monthly growth was partially driven by Indian airports, with traffic at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport surging 24.2% year-on-year and passenger numbers at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport up 21.0%.

Double-digit growth was also seen at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (+16.9%) and Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (+11.9%).

The region’s largest airports continued to see rising passenger numbers in May, with traffic at Beijing’s Capital International Airport up 4.4% and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport up 2.4%. Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport saw growth of 10.0% while Kunming’s Changshui International Airport increased 8.2%, reflecting the continued strength of the Chinese market.

According to data from IATA, India and China are the two fastest growing major domestic aviation markets in the world.

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