ASIA PACIFIC/MIDDLE EAST. Passenger traffic in Asia Pacific and the Middle East grew +2.4% and +2.5% respectively in July, according to Airports International Council (ACI) Asia-Pacific.
Overall passenger traffic growth in China showed signs of strengthening, particularly in the domestic sector. ACI Asia-Pacific said this growth was likely backed by a surge in vacation travels during the summer holiday period. The three Chinese airports with the most passenger volume increases from last year were Guangzhou (+7.7%), Chengdu (+9.6%) and Shenzhen (+7.8%).
In India, passenger traffic growth was largely flat as both international and domestic markets continued to adjust after the service suspension of Jet Airways. Flight operations at Mumbai were negatively affected by adverse weather conditions, ACI Asia-Pacific said, and declined at -6.7%. Mixed results were observed among other major airports in the country: Delhi and Bangalore decreased -1.4% and -0.6% respectively, while Chennai increased +1.1%.
Elsewhere in Asia Pacific, several airports reported solid growth due to a sizeable increase in visitors during the summer holiday period. These included: Osaka Kansai (+12.9%), Manila (+8.8%), Seoul Incheon (+7.3%) and Tokyo Narita (+5.4%).
In the Middle East, passenger traffic in the largest hub Dubai declined by -2.4% in July due in part to slower travel demand after Ramadan concluded in June. ACI Asia-Pacific noted that passenger traffic at Doha grew at +8.8% and surpassed the throughput level before the blockade.