ACI Asia-Pacific airports recorded 9.3% year-on-year growth in March and 15.4% at airports in the Middle East.
Passenger traffic during the first quarter of 2013 was “promising”, with a 6.4% year-on-year increase in Asia-Pacific and 12.6% in the Middle East, ACI Asia-Pacific said.
Beijing (PEK) was the busiest airport in the region with close to 20 million passengers in Q1 2013, 4.8% more than Q1 2012.
Dubai (DXB) was the busiest in terms of international passenger traffic, welcoming 16.5 million passengers, 15.6% more than same period last year.
Other airports in the region recording double-digit growth in Q1 include Kuala Lumpur (KUL, +11.0%), Seoul Incheon (ICN, +11.5%), Kunming (KMG, +21.7%), Hangzhou (HGH, +12.8%), Xiamen (XMN, +14.5%), Osaka Kansai (KIX, +19.0%) and Abu Dhabi (AUH, +15.9%).
In Q1 2013, air cargo traffic remains stagnant in Asia-Pacific, dropping slightly at 1.0%. Middle Eastern airports recorded a strong increase of 9.8%.
Despite the overall result, some airports in the region recorded double-digit growth in Q1 2013 including Dubai (DXB), handling 584,800 tonnes, 15.8% more than Q1 2012, Beijing (PEK, +10.6%), Abu Dhabi (AUH, +22.5%), Hangzhou (HGH, +15.8%) and Xiamen (XMN, +15.4%).
The airport in the region with the highest cargo throughput in Q1 2013 was Hong Kong (HKG), handling over 942,000 tonnes of cargo, 1.6% higher than the same period last year.