Beijing Capital International Airport is now ranked as the world’s third-busiest airport, overtaking Chicago, Tokyo and Paris.
The latest report by the Geneva-based Airports Council International has put Beijing Capital behind Atlanta and London’s Heathrow in terms of domestic and international passenger numbers in 2009.
Passenger traffic grew 16.9 percent year on year to 65.37 million last year, helping the facility jump five places to nudge Chicago from the third slot. And there is a possibility that it could also replace Heathrow in the number two slot later this year.
In the first six months of the year, Beijing processed 35.5 million passengers, up from 30.1 million in the same period last year. Meanwhile, Heathrow – due to the British Airways strikes and volcanic eruption in Iceland – shrank 3.5 percent year on year to 30.1 million.
Margie T Logarta