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.