AIRPORT PASSENGER TRAFFIC BOOMING IN SE ASIA

Airports in Southeast Asia enjoy an incredible year in 2017 with growth at most airports fluctuating between 6% and 20%

Local airports in S.E. Asia reached new attendance records in 2017. Jakarta, Singapore and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi accommodated for the first time over 60 million passengers in a year, Manila passed the 40-million passenger mark; Bali and Surabaya passed 20 million passengers while Cebu, Chiang Mai, Danang and Medan welcomed the symbolic target of 10 million passengers.

Jakarta remains Southeast Asia busiest airport ahead of Singapore and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, although it is mostly domestic passenger movements. Bangkok is however Southeast Asia’s largest airport in passenger numbers.

Many factors explain the sustained boom in traffic last year. Economic growth in Southeast Asia remained high; the densification of networks by low cost airlines drove demand, especially tourism. New routes such as Bangkok-Haiphong, Penang-Surabaya or Kuala Lumpur-Davao popped up last year. Emphasis has been given by airlines for new flights toward China. There are over 22 million Chinese travellers heading to Southeast Asia on holidays.

This has translated into dozens of new routes opening between Chinese second-tier cities and Southeast Asia’s popular destinations.