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Passenger traffic recovers in Asia/Pacific, the Middle East and Africa Beijing, Hong Kong propel regional growth

February 2002 results from over 700 airports worldwide show passenger traffic down 5 percent, cargo 7 percent and…

February 2002 results from over 700 airports worldwide show passenger traffic down 5 percent, cargo 7 percent and movements 5 percent compared to the same period last year. For the first two months of 2002 passenger traffic was down 8 percent, cargo 5 percent and movements 6 percent, according to an Airports Council International (ACI<.>) report.



In February 2002, passenger traffic grew in the Asia/Pacific (+7 percent), the Middle East (+3 percent) and Africa (+1 percent). However, double-digit declines were registered in North America (-11 percent) and Latin America/Caribbean (-10 percent). Europe was down 6 percent. Extremely robust growths were reported in Beijing (+40 percent) and Hong Kong (+15 percent). Passenger traffic also rose in Bangkok (+7 percent), Tokyo Haneda (+5 percent), Singapore (+4 percent) and Philadelphia (+1 percent).



Cargo volume handled grew in Africa (+10 percent) and the Middle East (+4 percent), but contracted elsewhere. It was down in Latin America/Caribbean (-20 percent), North America (-10 percent), Europe (-6 percent) and Asia/Pacific (-4 percent). Memphis continues to show the way as cargo throughput rose 43 percent, followed far behind by Dubai (+14 percent), Sharjah (+13 percent) and Cologne (+11 percent).



Aircraft movements rose in Asia/Pacific (+1 percent). They were flat in Africa and decreased in the other regions: Latin America/Caribbean (-8 percent), Europe (-7 percent), North America (-5 percent) and the Middle East (-3 percent).

Theodore Koumelis
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