Indian airports drive strong Asian growth

Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

Airports in the Asia Pacific region continue to experience strong passenger traffic growth in 2016, driven by a sharp rise in footfall at Indian airports.

According to the latest data from Airports Council International (ACI), regional traffic increased 9.8% in September 2016. But many airports in India reported year-on-year growth in excess of 20%, including Kolkata (+29.8%), Delhi (+24.1%) and Hyderabad (+24.0%).

Other regional hubs also experienced strong growth, including Phuket (+23.0%), Nanjing (+19.5%) and Kuala Lumpur (+15.4%), while South Korea’s main airports, including Seoul Incheon and Busan, both saw growth of more than 20%, as the country recovered from a poor 2015.

Solid growth was also seen at Asia’s busiest airport, Beijing Capital, which handled 8.5% more passengers.

For the first nine months in 2016, overall passenger traffic growth in Asia Pacific increased by a solid 10.0%, with India, China and the strength of low-cost carriers continuing to stimulate demand.

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