This summer, airline passenger volume is on track for growth according to the Airports Council International. The latest numbers from the Council come from June, nearly two months before Hong Kong protests disrupted travel in the region.
The June numbers compare passengers flying in the region to the previous year. In Asia Pacific, passenger volume grew 2.1 per cent. In the Middle East, volume rose 8.1 per cent.
In China, growth slowed in part due to inclement weather. Bad weather for much of the month throughout southern and eastern China was responsible for significant flight cancellations. Demand for domestic airfare slowed while international volume remained strong.
India saw positive growth across the board.
Growth in the Middle East is traceable directly to the shifting of Ramadan. Airports with the biggest growth included Doha (DOH) at 19.2 per cent, Dubai (DXB) at 4.2 per cent and Sharjah at 17.5 per cent.
In terms of year-to-date numbers, both regions enjoyed modest growth through June. Asia Pacific grew 1.9 per cent, while the Middle East grew 2.5 per cent.
Airports handling more than 40 million passengers each year had middling success in June. Beijing (PEK) saw 1 per cent shrinkage, while Tokyo Haneda (HND) grew 1.6 per cent.
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