Airports Council International (ACI) announced preliminary passenger traffic results for 2013 based on reports from over 1105 airports worldwide.

The passenger traffic results for 2013 shows that the top six ranked positions with respect to the world's busiest airports remained unchanged as compared to the previous year.

Although Atlanta (-1.1%) remains the world's busiest airport, Beijing ( 2.2%) continues to close the gap in second position. London-Heathrow ( 3.3%) remains in third while Tokyo-Haneda ( 3.2%) preserves fourth position. Chicago-O'Hare ( 0.2%) and Los Angeles ( 4.7) maintain fifth and sixth ranks respectively.

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One of the fastest-growing airports in the world is Dubai, moving from 10th to 7th rank. Dubai passenger traffic grew by over 15% in 2013. Istanbul (18th rank) and Malaysia (20th rank) were two other airports experiencing double-digit growth rates, increasing by 13.6% and 19.1% respectively.

The world's largest air cargo hub continues to be Hong Kong ( 2.3%). Memphis ( 3%) is in second followed by Shanghai (-0.3%) in third rank. Incheon ( 0.3%) and Dubai ( 6.8%) move up ahead of Anchorage (-1.7%) to the 4th and 5th positions respectively (see tables 1, 2 and 3).

Passenger traffic remained resilient in the face of the global uncertainties and downside risks that beleaguered many economies in 2013. While airports in the developed economies of Europe and North America experienced modest gains in passenger traffic with year-over-year growth of 2.9% and 1.1% respectively, air transport markets in emerging economies continue to show buoyant activity. Both the Middle East and Asia-Pacific posted robust growth in passenger traffic at 9.2% and 7.4% respectively. Overall global passenger traffic grew at a rate of 4% while aircraft movements were almost flat as compared to 2012.


Preliminary results for 2013 compared to 2012

Total passengers: 4.0%

Total international passengers: 5.4%

Total cargo (includes mail): 0.7%

Total international freight: 0.9%

Total aircraft movements: 0.1%

* Please note that all figures and percentages are based on summed monthly data submissions by 1105 airports. The final confirmed report will be published in summer 2013 and will include 1400 airports; therefore, figures are subject to variation.