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Middle East traffic for January was distorted by the later timing of Chinese New Year Middle East traffic for January was distorted by the later timing of Chinese New Year

ACI Reveals Declining January Figures for Middle East Air Traffic

Airports Council International (ACI) Asia Pacific released passenger traffic across Asia-Pacific and Middle East during January.

Specifically, concerning the Middle East, passenger traffic continued to show mixed results due to the timing of

Chinese New Year, meaning Dubai International recorded a slight decline of one percent while Abu Dhabi declined by 12.6 percent.

The GCC diplomatic crisis with Qatar, since June 2017, has continued to negatively impact Doha’s traffic for the month at a 14.1 percent decline.

The region’s bright spots were Kuwait and Muscat, Oman where strong growth of 19 percent and 12.4 percent respectively was observed.

In terms of air freight, the Middle East grew by 8 0.7 percent during the month.