Of the world’s top 30 airports by passenger numbers 13 were in the Asia-Pacific in 2016, according to the Airports Council International. Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) ranked first in the Asia-Pacific and second among the world’s busiest airports. It handled 94.393 million passengers, 5% up from 89.939 million a year earlier, surpassing Japan’s Tokyo Haneda International, Hong Kong International (HKIA) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
Amid low fares of South Korean low-cost carriers and an end to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, passenger numbers at Incheon International Airport experienced the second largest rise among the top ten Asia-Pacific airports, 17.1%, to 57.85 million. Indira Gandhi International Airport had the largest increase, 21%, to 55.631 million, due to a large rise in traffic from Asia, the Middle East and the Americas, and is eyeing expansion to accommodate the extra traffic.