The Cambodian airport topped Routesonline.com's list of the world's quickest expanding airports, with Asian airports taking 15 of the top 20 places. Phnom Penh saw a 38.4 per cent increase in passengers passing through their building between 2017 and 2018, whereas China's Jinjiang airport saw a 31.9 per cent rise to over 8.1 million across 12 months. Semarang in Indonesia saw a 29.6 per cent rise from 4.3 million to 5.6 million.
They wrote in their report: "According to data from OAG Schedules Analyser, the total number of departure seats from Phnom Penh rose by 35 percent in 2018 to almost 4.1 million available seats. New routes launched included Lanmei Airlines' services to Bangkok and Hong Kong; Shenzhen Airlines to Guangzhou; and Cambodia Airways to Macau. In addition, start-up KC International opened five routes from Phnom Penh after starting commercial operations in August 2018. The growth came as Cambodia's minister of tourism Thong Khon reported that the country attracted more than 6.2 million foreign tourists in 2018, up 10.7 percent on the previous year. China was the biggest source market with nearly two million visits ....
"At number two in the list of fastest-growing airports is Quanzhou Jinjiang International, an airport serving the city of Quanzhou in the south-eastern Chinese province of Fujian. Its year-on-year growth was 31.9 percent to more than 8.1 million passengers, driven by the expansion of Shenzhen Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. New routes included Shenzhen Airlines' services to Chongqing and Zhuhai, and Xiamen Airlines' flights to Haikou and Kaohsiung. Jinjiang is the first of ten airports located in China and India to feature in the top 20 list. Other high-ranking Chinese airports are Yantai (6th), Nanchang (12th), Shantou (13th) and Da Nang (19th)."
Other notable airports to appear on the list include Spain's Sevilla airport, Vietnam's Da Nang airport and Indonesia's Denpasar Bali.