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World's 10 fastest-growing airports

Last updated on: March 13, 2013 07:42 IST

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Most of the world's airports are owned by government bodies or leased to private corporations who oversee the airport's operations.

Among the top 10 fastest-growing airports, five are from China. Take a look at the world's fastest growing airports, according to The Economic Times.

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, China

Passengers in 2011: 19.1 million
Rise in traffic since 2006: 137%

The Chongqing airport was awarded second place in the 'Best Airport in the 15 - 25 Million Passenger Size' category by Airports Council International.

It also received the award for best improvement in Asia Pacific.

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Abu Dhabi International Airport, United Arab Emirates

Passengers in 2011: 12.4 million
Rise in traffic since 2006: 134%

Abu Dhabi International Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the world in terms of passengers, new airline operators, and infrastructural development.

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Xi'an Xianyang International Airport China

Passengers in 2011: 21.2 million
Rise in traffic since 2006: 126%

Xi'an Xianyang International Airport is the main airport serving Xi'an, capital of China's Shaanxi Province. Covering an area of 5 square kilometres (1.9 sq mi), it is the largest airport in China's northwest region.

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Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, China

Passengers in 2011: 15.8 million
Rise in traffic since 2006: 110%

Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport serves Xiamen in Fujian Province, China. Construction of a new terminal started in October 2011 and is expected to be completed by 2014

In 2012, Xiamen airport was the 8th busiest airport in China in terms of cargo traffic, and the 11th busiest in terms of passenger traffic.

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Sao Paulo International Airport

Passengers in 2011: 30.4 million
Rise in traffic since 2006: 83 per cent

Sao Paulo/Guarulhos-Governador Andre Franco Montoro International Airport is ranked first in terms of transported passengers, aircraft operations, and cargo handled in Brazil, making it amongst the busiest airports in the country.

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Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi

Passengers in 2011: 35 million
Rise in traffic since 2006: 81%

In 2011, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) was ranked the second-best airport in the world in the 25-40 million passengers category by Airport Council International. In 2011, the airport was the 34th busiest in the world.

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Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Passengers in 2011: 29.1 million
Rise in traffic since 2006: 79%

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is a major airport serving Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, China.
The Shuangliu Airport is ranked the 5th busiest in mainland China.

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Dubai International Airport, UAE

Passengers in 2011: 51 million
Rise in traffic since 2006: 77%

Dubai International Airport is a major airline hub in the Middle East. Dubai Airport is spread over an area of 8,640 acres of land. In 2011 DXB handled a record 51 million in passenger traffic, an 8% increase over the 2010 fiscal year.

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Moscow Domodedovo Airport

Passengers in 2011: 22.6 million
Rise in traffic since 2006: 77%

Moscow Domodedovo Airport is the largest airport in Russia in terms of passenger and cargo traffic, and is one of the three major Moscow airports along with Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo.

 
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Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, China

Passengers in 2011: 17.5 million
Rise in traffic since 2006: 77%

Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport is the principal airport serving Hangzhou, a major city in the Yangtze River Delta region and the capital of Zhejiang Province, China.

In 2010, Hangzhou airport became the 9th busiest airport in China.


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