Passenger Traffic: Sao Paulo Gains
    19th September 2011

    Sao Paulo becomes top passenger airport in Latin America and the one growing fastest in international traffic.
     
    BY LBC STAFF
     
    Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos airport has replaced Mexico City’s Benito Juárez airport as the top passenger airport in Latin America, according to a Latin Business Chronicle analysis based on data from Swiss-based Airports Council International (ACI).
     
    Guarulhos (GRU) increased the number of passengers by 22.8 percent to 27.4 million, while Benito Juárez (MEX) saw a 0.5 percent decline to 24.1 million. That made the Mexican airport one of only three in Latin America to post declines.
     
    Meanwhile, Lima’s Jorge Chávez (LIM) replaced Caracas’ Maiquetia (CCS) as the ninth-largest passenger airport in Latin America after seing a 17 percent increase to 10.3 million passengers. In contrast, Maiquetia only grew by 1.6 percent to 8.9 million passengers.
    All in all, passenger traffic in Latin America grew by 13.2 percent last year to 403.7 million. That was the highest increase worldwide. The Middle East grew by 12 percent, while Asia Pacific increased by 11.3 percent.
     
    CAMPINAS JUMPS
     
    Although Guarulhos posted a strong increase, it wasn’t the fastest Brazilian airport last year. That honor went to Campinas (VCP), where passenger traffic jumped 57.8 percent to 5.6 million passengers. That was also the strongest growth in Latin America.The Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) in Rio de Janeiro (the second-largest in Rio de Janeiro) posted …

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