Chinese airports are the largest contributors to global air traffic growth, according to Airports Council International’s (ACI) latest World Airport Traffic Report. They accounted for a 21.6% share of the global passenger traffic increase from 2015 to 2016 – equal to 101 million travelers.
Growing incomes, a burgeoning middle class and peaking working age populations across emerging markets and developing economies have contributed to a rise in the propensity to travel – key factors behind China’s contribution to global air traffic growth and indicators for the rise of other populous Asian countries.
The report, which analyses traffic data from over 2,400 airports in 170 countries worldwide, found the United States (12.6%) and India (8.8%) followed as the next largest contributors to global air traffic growth.
“The Chinese contribution alone represented an increase of over 100 million passengers in a single year, equivalent to the total annual traffic of Atlanta-Hartsfield (ATL), the world’s busiest airport in the United States,” said Angela Gittens ACI World Director General.
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