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April 18, 2018

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See you next week in Narita! ACI World Releases Preliminary 2017 World Airport Traffic Rankings ACI Publishes ACI Airport Economics Report 1

Regional Environment Committee Met in Brisbane, Australia January 2018: Passengers up 4% in Asia-Pacific and down -0.4% in Middle East

Industry News Australia Adelaide Airport Parafield Aviation Heritage Centre opens Brisbane Airport Brisbane Airport welcomes new Jetstar BNE - Uluru flights Melbourne Airport Malindo Air joins Melbourne Airport with daily flights to Bali Sydney Airport Sydney Airport unveils boutique bar and dining concept at T2

Bahrain Bahrain Airport Company Bahrain Airport Company Hails Success of 2018 Formula One Race

Cambodia Cambodia Airports Our 3 Cambodian airports passed carbon reduction program

Hong Kong Hong Kong Interational Airport HKIA Ranked World’s Busiest Cargo Airport for the Eighth Consecutive Year

India Delhi International Airport T2 of IGIA set to host partial operations of IndiGo and SpiceJet Hyderabad International Airport 2

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Converts Airfield Ground Lighting Signage to LED

Japan Narita Airport Mandarin Airlines Launches First Narita=Taichung Direct Flight Service

Jordan Airport International Group Airport International Group and Shams Al Mattar lil Taqa Cooperate to Build Solar Farm at Queen Alia International Airport

New Zealand Auckland International Airport First Official All Blacks Store to open at Auckland Airport

Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Appointment of Master Building and Civil Consultants for Changi Airport Terminal 5

United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Airports Company Abu Dhabi Airports Signs Contract for the Expansion plans of Fujairah International Airport Dubai Airports DXB welcomed 6.9 million passengers in February

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See you next week in Narita!

ACI Asia-Pacific and Narita Airport are getting ready to welcome delegates from across the world to Narita, Japan next week for the 13th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference & Exhibition. The conference will feature a strong line-up of speakers who will discuss a wide-range of topics, bringing together over 400 delegates from over 40 countries, a sold-out exhibition. The event promises to be a great networking opportunity. See you next week in Narita!


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ACI World Releases Preliminary 2017 World Airport Traffic Rankings


Passenger traffic: Indian and Chinese airports major contributors to growth 5

Air cargo: Volumes surge at major hubs as trade wars threaten

Demand has continued its robust year-on-year growth across the world's major airports both in terms of passenger numbers and air cargo. Passenger traffic at the world's 20 busiest airports grew by 5.2% in 2017. With almost 1.5 billion passengers passing through their terminals in 2017, this group of 20 represents 17% of global passenger traffic. Download the preliminary traffic results for the top 20 busiest airports (total passenger traffic). •

Based on reports from 1,202 airports worldwide, ACI's preliminary passenger traffic results for the most-travelled airports in 2017 reveal that Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) has secured top spot again. With almost 104 million passengers, the airport is within a two-hour flight of 80% of the United States' population. Beijing (PEK), holds second spot and Dubai (DXB) remained in third position. As a major connection point for long-haul international flights, Dubai International Airport is also the world's busiest in terms of international passengers. Total passenger traffic at DXB grew 5.5% in 2017.

Delhi (DEL) jumped from 22nd to 16th solidifying its status as one of the fastest growing airports in the world for passenger traffic; Guangzhou (CAN), in China, grew by 10.3% making it the second fastest growing airport among the top 20.

Air cargo – strengthening trade, e-commerce, and the reliability factor Air cargo volumes at the 20 busiest airports grew by 6.8% in 2017. These airports handled a combined 51 million metric tonnes of cargo. This represents 43% of global air cargo volumes. •

Hong Kong (HKG) occupies top spot as the largest air cargo handling center with more than five million metric tonnes of cargo in 2017. Volume at HKG grew by 9.4% year-on-year while Shanghai (PVG), Chicago (ORD) and Doha (DOH) all experienced double-digit growth of 11.2%, 12.6% and 15.0%, respectively.

Air cargo experienced a revival across many of the world's airports in 2017 and into 2018. Even with the uncertainty arising from threats of trade wars and growing protectionist sentiments across regions, business confidence has remained strong through inventory build-ups and increased export orders in 2017. A strengthened economy in the United States (US), together with an increase in global industrial production, and a strong US dollar have boosted inbound air cargo markets in recent years. Key air cargo centers, such as Chicago – O'Hare (ORD), experienced 12.6% growth in 2017. The airport, which has significantly expanded its air cargo facilities, is centrally located geographically serving regional manufacturing within an intermodal transport network. The airport has also benefitted from international trade with China and other Asian countries. ORD's international freight volumes increased by 12.2% in 2017. Download the preliminary traffic results for the top 20 busiest air cargo airports. Global summary: Preliminary year-over-year growth for 2017, compared to 2016 • • • • •

Total passengers: +6.6% Total international passengers: +8.4% Total cargo (includes mail): +7.9% Total international freight: +9.9% Total aircraft movements: +2.4%

"The surge in cargo volumes and passenger numbers across many of the world's airports is testament to heightened business and consumer confidence, at least in the short term," said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. "The world's airports continue to be a vital link in the economic multiplier effect that aviation provides and the role it plays as an enabler for global commerce is growing". "The universal access to online retail and e-commerce platforms represents a competitive pressure to the traditional brick and


mortar retail shops in certain markets but the huge growth in e-commerce has fuelled the air cargo side of the airport business. This has resulted in increased global activity, especially in major markets such as China and the US." Gittens added, "The spectre of uncertainty regarding trade policy among major economies comes at a time when global commerce and our industry has recently thrived. The trans-pacific link, for instance, is an important ingredient in boosting international passenger traffic and international freight volumes". "Connecting people, business and places still remains paramount to the aviation sector despite the recent threats of a step backwards in market liberalization in some major economies," Gittens concluded. For more information about the report, please visit the ACI World Annual Traffic Data page.

ACI Publishes ACI Airport Economics Report


This latest edition of the ACI Airport Economics Report presents global analyses relative to airport activity for the financial year 2016 based on responses from 900+ airports representing 78% of worldwide passenger traffic. As in previous years, the bedrock of the report consists of in-depth analysis, summaries and commentary on industry revenues (aeronautical and non-aeronautical) by source, costs (operating and capital) and their evolution over time. The Economics Report includes: • • •

Survey data from 919 respondents In-depth review of financial activities Key trends of airports across the globe including emerging markets

For more information about the report, please visit ACI World website here.

Regional Environment Committee Met in Brisbane, Australia


The 9th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Environment Committee (REC) Meeting took place on March 21 – 22, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. The meeting attracted a record number of 43 attendees, including the REC members, observers and airline representatives and industry experts. Mr. Stephen Goodwin, General Manager, Operations of Brisbane Airport Corporation welcomed the attendees to Brisbane on behalf of the host airport.

The meeting covered a wide range of topics, including Noise Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Waste Management, Aviation Biofuel Green Infrastructure for Airports and CO2 Emission Mitigation through best practices sharing by Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Airports of Thailand PLC., Brisbane Airport Corporation PTY Limited, Christchurch, Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd., DHL, Energetics, OCS, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia, Narita Airport, Qantas, South pole group and Virgin Australia.

The next meeting will be held in October 2018 in Kansai, Japan. For further information about the REC, please contact the Committee Secretary, Ken Lau at

A Brisbane Airport’s New Runway electric bus tour was kindly arranged by Brisbane Airport Corporation featuring the operation of 100% electric bus and Brisbane Airports new run way project.

January 2018: Passengers up 4% in Asia-Pacific and down -0.4% in Middle East In January, passenger traffic across Asia-Pacific recorded a +4.4% increase whereas the Middle East reported a small reduction of -0.4% compared to the same period last year. This month’s traffic was largely distorted by the later timing of Chinese New Year (CNY) compared to last year, resulting in slower growth in many countries for the month. India generated the highest growth rate in the Asia-Pacific region at approximately +15% in January, backed by robust domestic demand. India’s domestic sector has experienced a period of high growth since 2015 and continued to have strong momentum. Among the top 10 airports driving domestic passenger traffic volume in January, seven came from India. Led by: Delhi (DEL) +12.6%, Bangalore (BLR) +19.8% and Hyderabad (HYD) +24.8%. 9

The shifting timing of CNY has resulted in China’s growth slowed to approximately +2% in January. The busiest airports in the country all reported small decline or marginal increase for the month: Beijing (PEK) -0.4%, Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +0.3%, Guangzhou (CAN) +0.7%. Passenger traffic is expected to rebound significantly for China in February 2018. Elsewhere in the region, vibrant international passenger travels benefited a number of markets in driving volume increase for the month. Top runners were: Seoul Incheon (ICN) +8.2%, Kuala Lumpur (KUL) +4.9%, and Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) +7.4%. In the Middle East, passenger traffic continued to show mixed results in January. Dubai (DXB) was also partially impacted by the timing of CNY and recorded a slight decline of -1.0% while Abu Dhabi (AUH) declined by -12.6%. The diplomatic crisis in Qatar since June 2017 continued to negatively impact Doha (DOH)’s traffic for the month at -14.1%. The bright spots in the region were in Kuwait (KWI) and Muscat (MCT) where strong growth of +19% and +12.4% respectively was observed. In terms of air freight, Asia-Pacific and Middle East grew by +8.3% and +0.7% respectively in January. Current month’s growth continued to be supported by buoyant demand on exports on the back of strengthened global economy and trade. The top freight hubs were: Hong Kong (HKG) +9.9%, Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +9.1% and Seoul Incheon (ICN) +7.4%. TABLE 1: Preliminary year-on-year traffic growth rates for Airports reporting highest traffic volume in the respective size category in January 2018 1

Top 3 airports by size category2 Passenger > 40M

Beijing (PEK) 0.4%

25M to 40M

15M to 25M

Freight 5M to 15M

Xiamen (XMN) -2.5%

Kuwait (KWI) +19.0%

Hong Kong (HKG) +9.9%

Dubai (DXB) 1.0%

Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) +7.4% Melbourne (MEL) +3.1%

Fukuoka (FUK) +1.8%

Muscat (MCT) +12.4%

Shanghai Pudong (PVG) +9.1%

Tokyo Haneda (HND) -3.4%

Doha (DOH) -14.1%

Brisbane (BNE) +1.3%

Osaka Itami (ITM) +3.1%

Seoul Incheon (ICN) +7.4%

Note : 1. ACI preliminary passenger and freight statistics are based on a significant sample of airports that provide regular monthly reports to ACI. They represent approximately 60% of total passenger traffic and 70% of total freight traffic worldwide. Commentary, tables and charts are based on preliminary data submitted by participating airports and are therefore subject to change. 2.

Size categories refer to the annual passenger traffic (in the last 12 months)

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