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Page 6 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 2015 Top four busiest passenger airports are unchanged in 2014, but Dubai’s overall results show a ‘changing world order’ BASED on reports from 1,095 airports worldwide, The Airports Council International’s (ACI’s) preliminary passenger traffic results for 2014* show the top four busiest airports for overall passenger traffic have not changed since 2013. Atlanta (+1.9 per cent) continues to be the world’s busiest airport with more than 96 million passengers in 2014. While Beijing (+2.9 per cent) had been expected to close the gap, it no longer has double digit-growth as in previous years, leaving it in second position. London Heathrow (+1.4 per cent) remained in third while To- kyo-Haneda (+5.7 per cent) stayed in fourth position. However, Los Angeles (+ six per cent) and Dubai (+6.1 per cent) moved ahead of Chicago-O’Hare (+4.6 per cent), occupying the fifth and sixth ranks respectively. Although Dubai now is the sixth-busiest airport in the world in overall pas- senger traffic, it was the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic. It beat London Heathrow by seeing almost 70 million international passengers. Istanbul (+10.7 per cent) remains one of the fastest-growing airports in the world’s top 20 airports for passenger traffic, moving from 18th to 13th ahead of Amsterdam Schiphol (+4.6 per cent). The world’s largest air cargo hub continues to be Hong Kong (+ six per cent). Memphis (+2.9 per cent) is second, followed by Shanghai (+8.6 per cent) and Incheon (+3.8 per cent) in third and fourth place respectively. An- chorage (+ three per cent) moves up ahead of Dubai (-3.1 per cent) to fifth. Chicago-O’Hare (-0.2 per cent) has become the world’s busiest airport for aircraft movements following a drop at second ranked Atlanta (-4 .7 per cent) in 2014. Los Angeles (+1.7 per cent) and Dallas/Fort Worth (+0.3 per cent) were third and fourth respectively. Beijing (+2.5 per cent) moved ahead of Denver (-2.9 per cent). ACI World’s economics director Rafael Echevarne said: “The airport that continued to make its mark in 2014 was Dubai International. The airport has solidified its status as the world’s major international connecting hub. Dubai is the fulcrum that connects long-haul international flights from east and west, north and south. That being said, its sister airport Dubai World Central, under the same Dubai Airports organisation, is poised to surpass these feats by becoming the world’s largest global gateway with capacity of more than 160 million passengers per year and a multi-modal logistics hub for 12 million tonnes of air cargo. Since the commencement of its operations, the airport has moved up to be the 29th busiest air cargo airport in the world, handling almost 760,000 metric tonnes of cargo in 2014. With its astonishing capacity and growth, aviation’s nucleus certainly has moved eastward.” summary: Preliminary results for 2014 as compared to 2013 Total passengers: +5.1 per cent Total international passengers: +6 per cent Total cargo (includes mail): +4.5 per cent Total international freight: +5.4 per cent Total aircraft movements: +1 per cent * Please not e that all figures and percentages are extrapolations based on summed monthly data submissions by the world’s major commercial airpor ts (1095 airpor ts). The final confirmed repor t will be published in summer 2015 and will include 1800+ airpor ts. As a result, figures are subject to var iation.