Latin America: Bogota, Mexico Top Airports
    7th September 2010

    Latin America’s top 50 airports for cargo and passenger traffic and aircraft movements.
    BY CHRONICLE STAFF
     
    Bogota’s international airport El Dorado is Latin America’s largest in terms of cargo traffic, while Mexico City’s Benito Juarez airport is the largest in passenger traffic and aircraft movements, according to the first annual ranking of Latin America’s Top 50 Airports from Latin Business Chronicle based on data from Swiss-based Airports Council International (ACI).
    And despite the economic crisis in Venezuela, Caracas’ Simon Bolivar airport posted the strongest growth in cargo traffic last year, in percentage terms, according to a Latin Business Chronicle analysis.
     
    CARGO: BOGOTA KING
     
    All but six of the top 50 airports posted declines in cargo last year. In total, all airports in Latin America and the Caribbean posted an 11.4 percent decline in cargo last year to 4.2 million tons, according to ACI.
     
    El Dorado last year moved 512,842 million metric tons, a decline of 11.4 percent from 2008. Bogota’s status as the leading cargo airport in Latin America is due to three factors, points out Tomás Serebrisky, an economist at The World Bank’s Sustainable Development Department. First, Bogota handles a lot of perishable goods such as flowers that need to be shipped air instead of sea. Second, Bogota has extensive connections with the region and a central location geographically. And third, Bogota is the main airport in Colombia, a major …

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