jueves, noviembre 06, 2008


Airports are an integrated part of the airline network and their efficiency and performance seriously impacts the industry and shape people’s view of it. Airport statistics show general trends for the civil aviation hence useful information can be shown. The positive trend that started in 2004 continued in the previous year with airports all over the world handling in 2007 some 4,8 billion passengers or 6.8% more than 2006 according the Airport Council International Traffic report.
This year there are few surprises on the top 10 list of the airports based on passenger count. DFW has lost a position switching places with Paris CDG. This change could be attributed to the excellent performance of Air France – KLM helping the Paris CDG airport to show a 5.4% increase in traffic. Another change regards the tenth place in the list; it is occupied by a new comer with a very strong improvement. Madrid jumped from the 13th place to tenth showing an impressive 13% gain. It is worth seeing how this airport will perform in the 2008 classification when at least for a part of the year its main home airline Iberia would fare having concluded the deal announced this summer with British Airways.
This year top 10 airports include four each from the US and Europe and two Asian ones (Tokyo and Beijing). The Chinese capital airport achieved an impressive 10.1% in passenger numbers – which however is in pair or not lower with other airports in China and India a testament to the strong economic development of those countries. For the pedantic among us the highest raise in passenger numbers is 22.1% in Doha and 22% in Moscow but those two airports have a much smaller customer base. These increasing trends should continue thanks to the expansion of the economy in Russia, Middle East, India and China although the rapid expansion of Middle East carriers has also impacted the situation.
Practically all airports on the Top 100 list are main line hubs (with the notable exceptions of Palma and Antalya – two sun-and-sand airports) and practically none of them is base on a major LCC with the notable exception of JFK home of JetBlue. Most of the top airports are associated with a top world airline and most of them are hubs of an airline alliance. All major airports based their strategy on creating the best conditions for alliances. For instance Howard Eng – Airport Management Director of Hong Kong International Airport says: “If any group of airlines would like to be together so that they can have more hassle free transfer passenger we would certainly accommodate”. The same goes for award winning Munich airport’s Dr Michael Kerkloh who recognizes the significance of being a Star Alliance hub thanks to Lufthansa.
Autor: ACI 2008
Fuente: www.airtransportnews.aero

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