Asia-Pacific: AAPA members’ international traffic up 4.3% in Q1

Logo: AAPAThe Association of Asia Pacific Airlines currently consists 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

In the first quarter of 2008 international passenger numbers increased 4.3% to 36.74 million. Passenger load factors have continued to climb averaging 77.8% in the first quarter compared with 77.4% the previous year.

Top 15 airports average 8% growth in 2007

The 15 busiest airports in the Asia-Pacific region averaged 8% passenger growth in 2007. Tokyo Haneda remained the busiest airport, but Beijing could overtake it by the end of this decade.

Chart: Busiest airports in Asia-Pacific region 2007
Source: ACI and various airport websites

Mumbai and Delhi are both new entries in the Top 15, highlighting the rapid growth of the Indian air travel market. Both airports reported growth of around 20% last year. Guangzhou with 18% growth also confirms the major role that Chinese airports and airlines are having in meeting demand in the region.


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