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ACI: Traffic up in Asia/Pacific, declines easing in other regions

March 2002 results from over 700 airports worldwide show passenger traffic down 4 percent, cargo…

March 2002 results from over 700 airports worldwide show passenger traffic down 4 percent, cargo 2 percent and movements 6 percent compared to the same period last year according to ACI<.> report. For the first quarter of 2002, passenger traffic was down 7 percent, cargo 4 percent and movements 6 percent.

In March 2002, passenger traffic grew only in Asia/Pacific (+4 percent). The rest of the world showed continued, but easing declines: Africa and the Middle East (-2 percent each), Europe (-4 percent), Latin America/Caribbean (-6 percent) and North America (-8 percent). In March, Atlanta, the world`s busiest airport with 6.8 million passengers was more than one million passengers ahead of its closest rival, Chicago-O`Hare which had 5.6 million. However, Beijing Capital is the world`s fastest growing airport with a whopping 23 percent increase.

Cargo volume handled rose in Asia/Pacific (+10 percent), the Middle East (+8 percent) and Africa (+5 percent), but contracted elsewhere. It was down in Europe (-5 percent), Latin America/Caribbean (-7 percent) and North America (-8 percent). Memphis remains the busiest and second fastest growing cargo airport in the world. It handled almost 290 000 metric tonnes and its traffic rose 37 percent. Shanghai Hongqia is the world`s fastest growing cargo airport with a 40 percent increase in traffic.

Aircraft movements contracted slightly in Asia/Pacific (-1 percent). Steeper declines were registered in the Middle East (-2 percent), Africa (-3 percent), Europe (-5 percent), Latin America/Caribbean (-7 percent) and North America (-8 percent).

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