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According to Airports Council International Asia-Pacific, Middle Eastern airports saw a year-on-year increase of 4.1 percent in passenger traffic in May, while the amount air freight grew 10.8 percent.

Medina’s Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz Airport and Muscat International Airport both achieved a surge in passenger numbers, up 24.9 percent and 14.7 percent, respectively.

However, the pace of growth across the region’s largest three hubs slowed, Dubai International recorded an increase of 1.9 percent and Hamad International Airport reported a rise of 6.1 percent, along with a 24.2 percent jump in freight.

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi International Airport saw a two percent decrease in passenger traffic.