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Passenger traffic across the Middle East continued recording growth in March at four percent year-on-year, according to Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific data.

Passenger traffic in the Middle East benefited by an earlier start of the Easter peak season compared to 2017.

Dubai International Airport, hailed as the region’s largest, recorded an increase of 4.54 percent.

Though the crisis in Qatar continued to negatively impact Hamad International Airport in Doha, the decline eased to 6.5 percent, an improvement from the double-digit decreases since June 2017.

On the other hand, Kuwait International Airport and Muscat International Airport in Oman continued delivering strong growth at 20.1 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively.

Air freight growth slowed in March, with the Middle East recording a decline of 2.1 percent.