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According to Airports Council International, global passenger air traffic increased 5.6 percent in the first quarter (Q1) of the year, with the Asia Pacific region leading the growth.

The region stood out in terms of its overall rise in domestic traffic, which soared 8.7 percent over Q1 2016.

China's main gateways Beijing and Shanghai contributed to the figures with year-on-year growth of 6.8 percent and 7.6 percent, correspondingly.

Furthermore, hubs serving Chinese domestic markets also experienced a surge, with Guangzhou, Chengdu and Kunming, achieving rises of 12.2 percent, 10.5 percent and 14.5 percent, respectively.

Major Indian hubs also boosted the region's performance, led by Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, where traffic climbed 15.8 percent over the same period in 2016.