Preliminary passenger traffic results for 2014 released by ACI Asia-Pacific showed continued moderate growth from last year in Asia-Pacific airports at +5.9%.
They were easily outpaced by their Middle East airport peers, which continued their strong growth at +9.4%
The majority of the leading airports in the region reported positive results in passenger traffic in 2014
Beijing (PEK), the busiest airport in the region, handled 86 million passengers but year-on-year growth slowed down slightly to +2.9% due to capacity constraints.
Among the busiest airports in the Asia-Pacific, Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +9.5% and Incheon (ICN) +9.6% both reported close to 10% increase in 2014.
Other airports reporting aggregate growth in excess of 20% include: Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) +30.8%, Abu Dhabi (AUH) +20.2%, and Chiang Mai (CNX) +21.4.
Dubai (DXB), now the world’s busiest international airport, grew by 6.1% despite a temporary runway shutdown in the middle of 2014.