According to Airports Council International, the number of passengers travelling through Middle Eastern airports in March rose 2.3 percent year-on-year, contributing to the 4.9 percent jump observed in the first quarter (Q1).

During the month under review, Muscat International Airport experienced the fastest growth, up 16.7 percent compared to the same period in 2016.

Meanwhile, major transit hubs were impacted by the timing of the Easter holidays, resulting in sluggish growth.

Passenger traffic increased 3.8 percent at Dubai International and five percent at Hamad International Airport.

In terms of air freight, the region experienced a surge of 15.5 percent in the respective month, bolstering the 10.2 percent boost seen in Q1.