April 2018: Passengers up 10 percent in Asia-Pacific
Passenger traffic across Asia-Pacific airports recorded growth at +9.9 percent in April 2018 while a reduction of -2.4 percent was observed in the Middle East.
India led the Asia-Pacific region delivering growth at 20.4 percent, sustained by robust domestic demand. The domestic sector reported growth exceeding 20 percent for the third consecutive month, at +23.8 percent in April. Top volume drivers for the month were: Delhi (DEL) +16.8 percent, Bangalore (BLR) +46.1 percent and Mumbai (BOM) +12.8 percent. (Note: the significant growth in Bangalore (BLR) was a result of reduced operations during partial runway closure in 2017).
In China, both the domestic and international sectors delivered double-digit growth for the month, resulting in an overall gain of +11.8 percent, the country’s highest overall growth to-date in 2018. Top volume drivers for the month included: Beijing (PEK) +18 percent, Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +11.6 percent, and Guangzhou (CAN) +9.9 percent. (Note: the significant growth at PEK was a result of reduced operations in 2017 during closure of the main runway in 2017).
Japan grew +7 percent for the month, the highest to-date in 2018 possibly benefiting from holiday travels around the cherry blossom and Easter season. Current month’s growth was primarily driven by volume increase at Tokyo Haneda (HND) +6.1 percent, the second busiest airport in the Asia-Pacific in terms of passenger traffic; followed by Osaka Kansai (KIX) +12.7 percent and Tokyo Narita (NRT) +5.3 percent.
In the Middle East, passenger volume recorded an overall decline this month as traffic softened at the larger hubs. Traffic at Dubai (DXB) -0.1 percent was virtually flat compared to last year. The diplomatic crisis in Qatar continued to negatively impact Doha (DOH) at -18.2 percent. On the other hand, strong growth continued to be observed at Kuwait (KWI) +19.3 percent and Muscat (MCT) +9.7 percent.
After a slow month in March 2018, air freight growth recovered in April 2018, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East grew at +4.2 percent and +2.6 percent respectively. Hong Kong continued to be the top freight hub delivering volume growth at +5 percent followed by Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +2.8 percent and Seoul Incheon (ICN) +0.1 percent.