Asia Pacific 24

NATS was recently awarded a contract to work with the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS) in air traffic management, specifically looking at plans for airport expansion, high intensity operations, and third runway activities.

So we think this is a good and timely opportunity to share the visualization of the data we make for the Asia Pacific region, offering some insight into how busy the sky is in the region on certain days.

By using ADS-B data from FlightRadar24, you can clearly see the high volume of traffic entering and leaving from major hubs, such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. India's traffic volume is also attractive, especially given the airport capacity projects that NATS has sent in Delhi and Mumbai, and is currently being shipped in Bangalore.

This is certainly a pleasant time for flights in Singapore as well as the Asia Pacific region as a whole.

In the Asia Pacific, aviation and air-based tourism accounted for more than 24 million jobs and $ 500 billion in regional economic activity. Air travel in this region continues to grow exponentially and airports need to grow to accommodate this.

Most Asian hubs already operate above planned capacity and IATA (International Air Transport Association) estimates that passenger traffic in the Asia Pacific will grow by 5.7% per year between 2013-2017, compared to estimates of 3.9% in Europe and 3.6% in North America.

IATA also estimates that half of world traffic growth over the next 20 years will come from, or within the Asia Pacific region, form two thirds of the expected growth in the global aviation sector.

So how does all that match? Well, one way is with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – political and economic organizations from ten Southeast Asian countries.

ASEAN is in the process of creating an integrated ASEAN Single Flight Market (ASAM) this year, which is expected to fully liberalize air travel between member countries in the ASEAN region, allowing ASEAN countries and airlines operating in the region to directly benefit from the growth of air travel throughout the world, and also free up the flow of tourism, trade, investment and services between member countries.

The following are some country-specific facts and figures that help show the flight situation in certain Asia Pacific countries:

Singapore has the most air connections with the ASEAN capital in regional groups and air traffic in Singapore is projected to grow even bigger, growing by 5% per year until the end of the decade

Hong Kong has witnessed spectacular growth in air traffic demand. The two existing runways will reach full capacity in 2017

Given the ASEAN Single Flight Market that will occur in 2015, the Indonesian government has urged airports in Indonesia to increase their capacity and quality

And finally, did you know:

The aviation industry in the Asia Pacific region is growing at a record-breaking pace, currently accounting for one third of global air traffic

Asia Pacific airlines now account for 31% of global air passenger traffic, estimates the International Air Transport Association (IATA). In 20 years, the figure can reach 42%

Asia Pacific is the only region in the world with as many aircraft as possible operating