Asian airline traffic peaks in August

Logo: AAPAThe Association of Asia Pacific Airlines consists currently of 17 members – Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International and Vietnam Airlines. Each month the association reports provisional international traffic figures for all its members combined.

Chart: Monthly traffic of AAPA member airlines
Source: AAPA

The latest figures for September 2007 shows that passenger numbers grew by 5.6% to 11.8 million passengers. Load factors increased by 2.4 percentage points to 77.3%. For the first nine months of 2007 traffic was up overall by 4.7% and load factors up 1.9 percentage points, also to 77.3%.

Tokyo’s Haneda is busiest airport in region

Both of Tokyo’s major airports rank among the top six busiest airports in the region in 2006. Haneda ranks fourth in the world, though traffic was down 3% in 2006. Beijing is now ranked number nine in the world up from 15th in 2005 thanks to growth of 18.3% in 2006.

Chart: Busiest airports in Asia-Pacific region 2006
Source: ACI

Other major airports reporting double-digit growth in 2006 include Mumbai (+22.8%), Shanghai (+12.9%), Guangzhou (+11.3%) and Jakarta (+10.4%). Tokyo’s international airport at Narita grew by just 1.4% and growth at the two main Australian airports of Sydney and Melbourne was less than stellar at 1.4% and 3.4% respectively.


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