Growth in air passenger traffic is a signal of economic expansion, rising tourism flows and evolving consumer lifestyles. In this report, Euromonitor International analyses the world’s top five cities with fastest air passenger growth over 2012-2017: Zhuhai, Da Nang, Shanghai, Chiang Mai and Istanbul. This list reflects underlying trends of changing travel patterns, the appetite for leisure from the rising Chinese middle class, and the cities’ own strategies for boosting visitor numbers.
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Four of the five cities with the strongest airport passenger growth highlighted in this report are located in the Asia Pacific Region: Zhuhai and Shanghai (China), Da Nang (Vietnam), and Chiang Mai (Thailand). The exception is Istanbul (Turkey), which completes the list of cities with fastest-growing airport passengers over 2012- 2017.
This is because economic expansion drives increasing spending on leisure air travel (due to rising household disposable incomes), business trips (due to higher trade and business activity), and tourism inflows (due to general improvements to infrastructure and tourism promotion in fast-growing economies).
Over 2012-2017 total passenger volume in the airport of Zhuhai (China) more than doubled. This was mainly the consequence of Zhuhai’s positioning as a travel hub for visitors to Macau, which has allowed the city to benefit from considerable amounts of leisure tourism.