September 2002 results from over 760 airports show passenger and cargo traffic rising 13 percent each and movements…
September 2002 results from over 760 airports show passenger and cargo traffic rising 13 percent each and movements 12 percent over September 2001. The results are skewed due to the sharp decline in traffic in the wake of the 9/11 events. For the first nine months of 2002, cargo rose 3 percent while passenger traffic was down 4 percent and movements down 3 percent over the same period last year.
In September 2002, starting from a very low base a year earlier, passenger traffic rose in all regions. North America saw its traffic growing 30 percent, the Middle East 14 percent and Asia/Pacific 11 percent. Growth in the other regions was more modest: Africa and Latin America/Caribbean (+3 percent each) and Europe (+2 percent). London Heathrow, Atlanta Hartsfield, Tokyo Haneda and Chicago O’Hare were the world’s busiest airports in terms of passenger traffic, all beating the 5 million mark. Hard-hit North American airports registered spectacular growth rates on year-over-year figures, but still fell below September 2000 levels. The highest increases in the region were reported in Atlanta Hartsfield (+40 percent), Chicago O’Hare (+39 percent), Denver (+37 percent), Detroit (+36 percent), Las Vegas (+33 percent), New York JFK (+32 percent) and Phoenix (+30 percent).
In September 2002, double-digit increases in cargo volume handled were registered in the Middle East (+22 percent), North America (+15 percent), Asia/Pacific (+14 percent) and Africa (+12 percent). Cargo traffic also rose in Latin America/Caribbean (+9 percent) and Europe (+7 percent). Memphis was the world’s busiest cargo airport, but Shanghai Pudong continued to see its traffic grow fastest (+81 percent) followed by Beijing Capital (+48 percent) and San Francisco (+31 percent).
Aircraft movements were up in all regions: North America (+21 percent), the Middle East (+8 percent), Asia/Pacific (+7 percent), Africa (+3 percent), Europe and Latin America/Caribbean (+1 percent each).
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