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ACI: Cargo rebounds worldwide, passenger traffic still down

According to Airports Council International (ACI), July 2002 results from almost 750 airports show cargo traffic…

According to Airports Council International (ACI<.>), July 2002 results from almost 750 airports show cargo traffic rising 9 percent over July 2001. However, passenger and movements were still down 5 and 4 percent respectively. For the first seven months of 2002, cargo rose 1 percent while passenger traffic was down 6 percent and movements down 5 percent over the same period last year.

In July 2002, passenger traffic rose in the Middle East (+3 percent) and Asia/Pacific (+1 percent). It declined in Europe (-4 percent), Latin America/Caribbean (-5 percent), Africa (-7 percent) and North America (-8 percent). Only five of the top 30 world’s busiest airports posted modest increases: Tokyo Narita (+7 percent), Hong Kong and Beijing (+5 percent each), Tokyo Haneda (+2 percent) and Amsterdam (+1 percent).

Double-digit increases in cargo volume handled were registered in Asia/Pacific and the Middle East (+17 percent each). The other regions also showed positive results: North America (+5 percent), Europe (+4 percent), Africa (+3 percent). Cargo traffic was flat in Latin America/Caribbean. While cargo throughput has recovered in most airports, it has grown at an enviable pace in Shanghai Pudong (+82 percent), Memphis (+45 percent), Kuala Lumpur (+43 percent), Tokyo Narita (+31 percent), Hong Kong (+28 percent), Dubai (+24 percent) and Taipei (+22 percent).

Aircraft movements were up in Asia/Pacific, the Middle East (+3 percent each) and Africa (+1 percent), but declined in Europe (-3 percent), Latin America/Caribbean (-4 percent) and North America (-5 percent).

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