Passenger traffic exhibited solid growth for the month of April 2015; with Asia-Pacific airports reported +9.3 per cent growth and the Middle East recorded gain of +8.0 per cent year over year. The positive growth in most of Asia-Pacific airports was contributed in partby the boost during the Easter holiday period. A number of the major airports reported close to 20 per cent year-on-year growth: Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +19.9 per cent, Incheon (ICN) +18.9 per cent, Mumbai (BOM) +20.7 per cent. Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) continued to deliver the highest growth among major Asia-Pacific airports at +42.2 per cent whereas both Doha (DOH) and Abu Dhabi (AUH) led the Middle East with +15.5 per cent growth.
Air freight in Asia-Pacific experienced marginal growth of +2.6 per cent year over year for the month. The slowing down in freight volumes reflected weaker demands from Europe and slowdown across Asian export markets. The Middle East sustained strong growth at +14.5 per cent due to expansion in both capacity and network. Among major cargo airports in the region, New Delhi (DEL) led Asia-Pacific with the highest growth rate at +19 per cent whereas Dubai (aggregate DXB & DWC1) led the Middle East at +19.6 per cent for the month.