Smiles and cake welcomed the arrival of flynas’ inaugural thrice-weekly service from Riyadh to Bahrain on 1 December. The link between the two Middle East capital cities helped Bahrain grow in 10 months out of 12 last year.
- Bahrain: In producing its annual growth of 6% to reach a yearly traffic result in excess of 8.5 million, the nation’s airport Bahrain recorded three months of double-digit increases (January, July and September), as well as two months of decline (June and October).
- Egypt: The country’s nine largest airports handled over 32 million passengers last year, an increase of 2.8% on the figure for 2014. The country’s biggest airport of Cairo recorded growth of 11%, helping it process just over 14 million passengers, up from 12.6 million in the previous year. With the exception of November, every month at the capital city airport witnessed a throughput of over one million.
- India: Of the 46 airports in anna.aero’s Rest of the World airport traffic database, six Indian airports handled in excess of 10 million passengers during 2015, while 30 processed over one million. Only four of these 46 airports recorded negative growth over the last 12 months, while the fastest growing airport was Bhopal, which delivered a whopping 62% annual increase. December’s monthly traffic for these largest Indian airports passed 20 million ‒ the first time any individual month has achieved this milestone. Eight new airports will be added to the database for 2016 onwards, as they have passed our 100,000 passenger threshold.
In November 2015, SpiceJet launched daily services to Dubai from Kozhikode and six times weekly operations from Amritsar. Traffic on these routes helped the UAE’s three largest airports, including its biggest Dubai, smash the 100 million annual passenger barrier in 2015.
- Russia: Traffic data from the country’s 25 busiest airports indicates that total passenger numbers at Russian airports was down around 1.3% in 2015 when compared with 2014. This follows growth of around 9% in 2014. Some 23 airports handled more than one million passengers last year with impressive growth taking place at Sochi/Adler (+31.9%) and Moscow Vnukovo (+24.2%). The latter’s growth was helped by the rapid expansion of Pobeda. However, the closure of Transaero Airlines is likely to have a significant impact on the airport’s traffic in 2016.
- UAE: The nation’s three largest airports – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah ‒ collectively broke through the 100 million annual passenger mark in 2015 for the first time – with over 111 million passengers handled (+12%). The three airports also processed over 10 million passengers in an individual month on two occasions for the first time during 2015 – in August and December.