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20 November 2015   Asia-Pacific Airports grew 6.5%, Middle Eastern Airports grew 15.7% in September 2015

[November 20, 2015 – Hong Kong] In September 2015, Asia-Pacific airports reported growth of +6.5% whereas the Middle East grew at +15.7%. For the year to date, growth in the first three quarters was +8.3% for Asia-Pacific and +11.7% for Middle East.


Despite slowdown in regional trade activities, passenger traffic experienced solid growth in September 2015. A number of major airports recorded year-over-year growth in excess of 20%: Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) +31.8%, Kunming (KMG) +21.4%, Osaka Kansai (KIX) +21.1%. In the Middle East, the three largest hubs continued to generate robust growth for the month: Doha (DOH) +21.4% and Abu Dhabi (AUH) +18.2% and Dubai (DXB) +8.2%.


Air freight remained weak for the month, continued to be impacted by slowdown across Asian export markets and oil producing economies. In September 2015, freight volumes were essentially flat in Asia-Pacific +0.5% and slight decrease in the Middle East -3.9%.