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World airport traffic growth continues: Asia/Pacific leads again

According to Airports Council International (ACI), October 2000 results from 650 airports worldwide show passenger traffic rising 4 percent and cargo 2 percent with movements…

According to Airports Council International (ACI<.>), October 2000 results from 650 airports worldwide show passenger traffic rising 4 percent and cargo 2 percent with movements down 1 percent compared with October 1999. For January through October 2000, passenger traffic was up 6 percent, cargo 7 percent and movements 1 percent.

In October 2000, passenger traffic rose in all regions. Growth was highest in Asia/Pacific (+7 percent), followed closely by Europe (+6 percent), the Middle East and Africa (+4 percent each), North America (+2 percent) and Latin America/Caribbean (+1 percent). The new runway continues to propel Madrid-Barajas (+17 percent) as the fastest growing airport among the top 30 airports worldwide, followed by Rome-Fiumicino (+9 percent), Singapore-Changi and Hong Kong (+8 percent each). Traffic declined at several major U.S. airports, primarily due to reduced air service frequencies. Among them: Miami (-1 percent), Atlanta (-2 percent), Chicago-O`Hare (-3 percent) and Detroit (-4 percent). Atlanta-Hartsfield with 6.6 million passenger handled remains the world`s busiest airport.

Cargo handled rose in the Middle East (+6 percent), Asia/Pacific and Europe (+5 percent each) and Latin America/Caribbean (+3 percent), but it was down in North America and Africa (-1 percent each). FedEx hub, Memphis, with 215,000 metric tonnes of cargo handled, is followed closely by Hong Kong with 212,000 metric tonnes. Dubai, Beijing and Oakland, the fastest growing cargo airports, had identical growth rates of 17 percent.

Aircraft movements grew in Asia/Pacific (+6 percent), Latin America/Caribbean and Africa (+3 percent each), the Middle East and Europe (+1 percent each). They were down in North America (-3 percent).

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