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ACI: World`s airports hard hit by September 11 events and the economic slowdown

Preliminary 2001 results from over 700 airports worldwide show passenger traffic down 3 percent, cargo 8 percent, and movements 3 percent according to…

Preliminary 2001 results from over 700 airports worldwide show passenger traffic down 3 percent, cargo 8 percent, and movements 3 percent according to ACI<.>`s (Airports Council International) study. In December 2001, passenger and cargo traffic shrank 9 and 10 percent, respectively, and movements 7 percent compared with December 2000.

In 2001, airport throughput in most regions was on the decline. Asia/Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean bucked the downward trend in passenger traffic with slight increases of 2 and 1 percent, respectively. Declines in passenger traffic were registered in Europe and the Middle East (-1 percent each), Africa (-2 percent) and North America (-6 percent). Prior to the events of September 11, passenger traffic results through August 2001 showed a 3 percent increase worldwide.

In 2001, Atlanta continued to be the world`s busiest airport with 75.8 million passengers handled (-5 percent). It was followed by Chicago O`Hare with 66.8 million (-7 percent), Los Angeles with 61.0 million (-8 percent) and London Heathrow with 60.7 million (-6 percent). Of the top 30 airports worldwide, only three recorded traffic growth: Tokyo Haneda with 58.7 million (+4 percent), Madrid with 34.0 million (+3 percent) and Bangkok with 30.6 million (+3 percent).

In 2001, cargo volumes handled went deep into negative territory in all regions with North America suffering a double-digit decrease of 12 percent. Cargo traffic was also down in Europe and Latin America/Caribbean (-6 percent each), Asia/Pacific (-5 percent), Africa (-4 percent) and the Middle East (-2 percent).

Memphis with 2.6 million metric tonnes handled (+6 percent) remained the world`s top cargo airport, ahead of Los Angeles with 2.1 million metric tonnes (-14 percent) and Hong Kong with 2.1 million (-7 percent). Half of the world`s top cargo airports registered double-digit declines with Dayton losing a third of its market (-34 percent), San Francisco (-27 percent) and Newark (-26 percent).

Aircraft movements were up in Asia/Pacific (+2 percent) and Africa (+1 percent). They contracted in Europe (-1 percent), the Middle East (-2 percent), Latin America/Caribbean (-4 percent) and North America (-5 percent).

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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