Cargo grows 4% at world’s airports

The Airports Council International said that airports worldwide reported that 2006 cargo traffi c increased by 4 percent, while passenger traffi c rose 5 percent, as compared to 2005. International passenger and freight results rose even more fi rmly by 7 percent and6 percent respectively. Beijing was a top performer in the Asia Pacifi c […]


The Airports Council International said that airports worldwide reported that 2006 cargo traffi c increased by 4 percent, while passenger traffi c rose 5 percent, as compared to 2005. International passenger and freight results rose even more fi rmly by 7 percent and6 percent respectively.

Beijing was a top performer in the Asia Pacifi c region with increases of 18 percent in passenger traffi c, 32 percent in cargo and 10 percent in aircraft movements. Several major hubs across Asia Pacifi c had strong results, including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Incheon, Bangkok and Tokyo Haneda. 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, for example Paris CDG, Italy (Rome and Milan), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona) and Poland (Warsaw, Krakow), Germany (Munich, Dùsseldorf), Ireland (Dublin), Russia (St Petersburg) to name but a few. London Heathrow’s fl at 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 diffi culties negatively impacted traffi c 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 best performer at 9 percent increase, and both Newark and Houston had strong 7.4 percent increases.