HONG KONG, 30 August 2016: Phuket climbed to the top of the region’s airports in the 5 to 15 million passenger a year category, based on first half year passenger traffic figures, released by the Aviation Council International.
During the first half of the year Phuket enjoyed a traffic growth of 19.4% followed by South Korea’s Busan airport in second place with 23.6% growth and Osaka, Japan, with just a 1% growth.
But the mega-league top performers in the 40 million category remained Beijing with a growth of 3.5%, Dubai (5.8%) and Tokyo-Haneda (5.9%).
For the first half of the year, both regions maintained strength and generated an increase of +8.8% over the same period last year.
India continued its growth trajectory and sturdy domestic demand enabled significant gains in many of its airports in the first half of the year.
Top runners include: Bangalore (BLR) +21.6%, Delhi (DEL) +21.5% and Hyderabad (HYD) +19.3%.
In China, growth was led by Hangzhou (HGH) +13%, Kunming (KMG) +10.7% and Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +10.5%.
Elsewhere in the region, passenger traffic in South Korea recovered from a sharp drop following the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in May 2015 and many airports generated large gains in June 2016.
At Incheon (ICN), international and domestic passengers spiked +41.9% and +34.3% respectively in June 2016 alone.
For the first half of the year, Busan (PUS) +23.6%, Jeju (CJU) +15.6% and Incheon (ICN) +13.7% delivered the highest increase in South Korea from last year.