Taipei, April 10 (CNA) Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was one of the busiest airports in the world last year, ranked in the top 10 in three major indicators in an annual report released on Monday by the global trade representative of the world’s airport authorities.
The country’s main gateway ranked 10th in international passenger traffic, sixth in international air freight traffic, and ninth in total air cargo traffic last year, according to the Airports Council International (ACI).
It was the airport’s best ever performance, having ranked 10th, sixth and 11th in the same three categories in 2016, the report showed.
Taoyuan International Airport Corporation also pointed out that the airport is growing at a much faster pace than most other airports.
It handled 44.88 million international passengers last year, which represented year-on-year growth of 6.2 percent, higher than the top three busiest airports in the world, the company said.
Dubai, London Heathrow and Hong Kong airports were the busiest airports for international passenger traffic in 2017, registering growth of 5.6 percent, 3 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.
In addition, strong demand for e-commerce has boosted air cargo demand worldwide, the company said, adding that it plans to focus on cold chain logistics to become more competitive.
The top three airports in international air freight traffic were Hong Kong, Shanghai and Incheon airports. The top three in total international air cargo traffic were Hong Kong, Memphis Tennessee and Shanghai airports.
According to the ACI, demand has continued to grow robustly year-on-year at the world’s major airports both in terms of passenger numbers and air cargo.
“The surge in cargo volumes and passenger numbers across many of the world’s airports is a testament to heightened business and consumer confidence, at least in the short term,” said Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World.
Passenger traffic at the world’s 20 busiest airports grew by 5.2 percent in 2017, with almost 1.5 billion passengers passing through their terminals in 2017. This group also represents 17 percent of global passenger traffic.
Air cargo volumes at the 20 busiest airports grew by 6.8 percent in 2017. They handled a combined 51 million metric tonnes of cargo and represent 43 percent of global air cargo volume, the ACI said.
(By Wu Ruei-chi and Lee Hsin-Yin)