AIRPORTS in Asia-Pacific saw passenger growth of 8.5 per cent in 1Q2015 with airports in major cities chalking up double-digit increases, according to an ACI Asia-Pacific update.
The annual Lunar New Year holiday continued to play a key role in boosting regional traffic this year to 8.5 per cent growth for the first quarter, while passenger throughput for March rose 11.1 per cent year-on-year.
Separately, the Middle East also posted strong growth of 10 per cent for March, and 9.4 per cent for 1Q2015.
The region’s most important airports also saw strong growth in the first three months of the year. Shanghai’s Pudong posted growth of 17.7 per cent, traffic at Seoul’s Incheon airport grew 15.6 per cent, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi soared 14.8 per cent, and New Delhi jumped 13 per cent.
Bangkok’s Don Mueang served up the biggest growth factor among the region’s airports with a 51.2 per cent rise in traffic.
In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi and Doha lead growth with 21.2 per cent and 16.8 per cent increases respectively, according to ACI Asia-Pacific data.