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Asia Pacific airports to drive global growth


Published on Aug 5, 2013

OAG report predicts rise of Beijing and Jakarta airports
The Asia Pacific could be home to five of the world’s 10 busiest airports by 2016, a new report has forecast.

According to the latest Global Market Analysis Report from OAG, available air seat capacity at airports in the region is set to surge over the coming years. OAG noted that at present only two of the world’s 10 busiest airports, in terms of seat capacity, are located in the Asia Pacific – Beijing Capital (second, 9.38 million seats) and Tokyo Haneda (fourth, 7.88m). Dubai International, which is bracketed in the Middle East region, is seventh (7.35m).

But by 2016, OAG predicts there will be five Asia Pacific airports in the top 10, with Beijing taking over from Atlanta as the world’s busiest hub. The Chinese capital is forecast to experience capacity growth of 3%, to 10.40m available seats, by 2016, overtaking Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, which is projected to grow 1% to 10.18m. Dubai is expected to surge 11% into third place, with 10.02m seats.

Other Asian airports are also set for strong growth, according to OAG. Capacity at Jakarta’s Soekharno-Hatta airport is expected to jump 13% to 9.07m seats, catapulting the Indonesian hub into fifth place, ahead of London Heathrow (+1% to 8.54). Singapore Changi (+8% to 7.92m) and Hong Kong International (+5% to 7.56m) airports will also enter the top 10, in ninth and 10th places respectively.

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