Beijing was the busiest airport in Asia-Pacific last year, while Suvarnabhumi achieved double-digit growth.
These results were included in the just-released annual summary by the Airports Council International (ACI) that showed regional airports as a whole ending the year with a strong 7.1% increase in passenger numbers from 2011.
But that growth lagged behind the 12.1% jump achieved in the Middle East, which is becoming a key hub for passenger transfers between continents.
Beijing handled more than 81 million passengers last year, with Tokyo Haneda ranked as second busiest with 67 million.
Rounding out the top five were Jakarta, Dubai and Hong Kong with 57 million passengers each, said the report.
Many airports recorded double-digit passenger growth rates in 2012 thanks to robust economic growth in their own countries and a rising propensity for regional travel.
These included Jakarta (up by 14.4%), Dubai (13.2%), Seoul Inchon (11.3%), Suvarnabhumi (10.6%) and Singapore (10%).
But air freight traffic remained stagnant last year, with only a slight increase of 0.5% recorded in Asia-Pacific and 4.2% in the Middle East.
The five Asia-Pacific airports with the highest cargo throughput last year were Hong Kong (4 million tonnes of freight), Shanghai Pudong (2.8 million tonnes), Seoul Inchon (2.3 million tonnes), Dubai (2.2 million tonnes) and Tokyo Narita (1.9 million tonnes).
Some regional airports saw double-digit growth in air freight traffic in 2012.
Among these were Jakarta (up by 19.4%), Abu Dhabi (17.7%), Riyadh (17%), Manila (11.5%) and Hangzhou (10.4%).
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- Writer: Boonsong Kositchotethana
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