ACI Asia-Pacific reported that Asia-Pacific and the Middle East regions delivered strong passenger traffic growth in April 2016, at +7.3% and +9.7% respectively. Passenger traffic growth in April while still quite sturdy in both regions; appeared to have moderated after a strong first quarter, with year-to-date and rolling 12-month results both lower than the year before.

Among the larger hubs in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, majority recorded positive gains and the top runners were Delhi (DEL) +20.8%, Tokyo Haneda (HND) +9.7% and Singapore (SIN) +9.2%. Elsewhere in the region, a few airports managed to generate substantial increase for the month: Nanjing (NKG) +28.5%, Phuket (HKT) +21.7%, Bangalore (BLR) +21.5%.

Air freight volumes were largely stagnant in April 2016 for the Asia-Pacific posting marginal increase at +1.3% whereas growth in the Middle East remained solid at +4.9%.

The top 3 airfreight hubs in Asia-Pacific all reported mild increase from last year: Hong Kong (HKG) +1.2%, Shanghai (PVG) +0.6%, Incheon (ICN) +1.2%. Among Asia-Pacific airports, Singapore (SIN) generated the highest growth at +7.2%.

The picture in the Middle East was mixed, while Dubai (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) maintained the momentum and delivered solid growth at +4.8% and +2.6% respectively, Doha (DOH) continued to expand at a fast pace at +19%.