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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Beijing Airport best performer in Asia Pacific in 2006


Bejing Capital International Airport is the top performing airport in the Asia Pacific Region in 2006 with increases of 18 percent in passenger traffic, 32 percent in cargo and 10 percent in aircraft movements. Based on the preliminary results by the Airports Council International (ACI), which represents 1,643 airports in 178 countries and territories worldwide, Beijing Capital Airport carried 48.5 million passengers in 2006, placing ninth in the top ten world’s busiest airports. Beijing is the only airport in the top ten which posted double-digit growth of 18.3 percent. The top 10 world’s busiest airports are: Atlanta Airport, 84.8 million passengers; Chicago, 76.24 million; London, 67.53 million; Tokyo, 65.22 million; Los Angeles, 61.04 million; Dallas/Forth Worth, 60.07 million; Paris, 56.8 million; Frankfurt, 52.81 million; Beijing, 48.5 million; and Denver, 47.32 million. ACI said overall, passenger traffic worldwide reached 4.4 billion in 2006, or an increase of 5.1 percent compared in 2005. Total international passengers reached 1.8 billion, up by 6.7 percent over 2005. ACI said total worldwide cargo and mail reached 84.5 million metric tons and international freight reached 51 million metric tons, a 6.3 percent increase. Total aircraft movements reached 73 million, higher by 1.2 percent than in 2005. “Everyone in our industry needs to take note of these results and our long-term forecast for continued expansion. We cannot afford to sit back and wait for the future to take care of itself. We must actively pursue both immediate and long-term capacity planning so that we can continue to offer high quality customer service that meets our goals for sustainability and environmental compatibility,” said Robert Aaronson, director general of ACI. ACI said several major hubs in the Asia Pacific posted strong results, including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Incheon, Bangkok and Tokyo HND. In India, both Mumbai and New Delhi saw excellent growth this year (each increasing by more than 20 percent). Across Europe, several large and medium-sized airports reported strong growth, such as Paris CDG, Italy (Rome and Milan), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona) and Poland (Warsaw, Krakow), Germany (Munich, Düsseldorf), Ireland (Dublin), and Russia (St Petersburg). London Heathrow’s flat results stemmed from the August security scare and severe weather in December, but also show the stagnating effect of lack of expansion. In North America, airline difficulties negatively impacted traffic growth (Delta and Northwest restructuring and Independence Air closure) at hubs such as Atlanta, Cincinnati, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Washington. Denver was the best performer at a 9 percent increase, and both Newark and Houston had strong 7.4 percent increases. Middle Eastern airports performed very well in 2006, with Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat and Bahrain reporting double-digit traffic growth. Dubai has become one of the most preferred business and leisure destinations in the region, with 28 million passengers last year. In Africa, Johannesburg led with strong growth in both passenger (9 percent) and cargo (15 percent) traffic, and Cape Town recorded a 7 percent passenger traffic increase. Cairo and cities in Morocco also performed well for the year. In the Latin American region, overall traffic growth and capacity was restrained as a result of cutbacks in the number of flights operated by Varig, one of the largest airlines in the region. Strong passenger growth was recorded at several airports across the region in Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, Jamaica and Brazil (the medium-sized airports).

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