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Article from BTNews 13 APRIL 2015

Airport traffic 2014 - Worldwide

Based on reports from 1,095 airports worldwide, ACI's (Airport Council International) preliminary passenger traffic results for 2014 show that the top four ranked positions with respect to the world's busiest airports in overall passenger traffic have not changed as compared to 2013.

In terms of overrule traffic London easily remains internationally the most popular aviation centre, its six gateway airports attracting around 145m two way passengers, with New York in second place (117m) and Paris third (91m).

Atlanta (+1.9%) continues to be the world's busiest airport with over 96m passengers in 2014.  While Beijing (+2.9%) was expected to close the gap, it no longer has double digit-growth as in previous years, placing it in second position.  Heathrow (+1.4%) remains in third while Tokyo-Haneda (+5.7%) preserves fourth position.  However, Los Angeles (+6%) and Dubai (+6.1%) have moved ahead of Chicago-O'Hare (+4.6%), occupying the fifth and sixth rank respectively.

Although Dubai is the sixth busiest airport in the world in overall passenger traffic, it has actually become the world's busiest in terms of international passenger traffic ahead of Heathrow in 2014.  Dubai was just shy of reaching the 70m international passenger mark by the end of 2014.

Istanbul (+10.7%) remains one of the fastest growing airports among the world's top 20 airports for passenger traffic, moving from 18th to 13th rank ahead of Amsterdam Schiphol (+4.6%).  www.aci.aero

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