BRUSSELS — Beijing’s airport trails only Atlanta’s as the world’s busiest, thanks to a surge in demand in fast-growing Asian economies.
Beijing Capital International Airport and O’Hare International in Chicago, which leapt to third place, overtook London Heathrow, which slipped to fourth, according to Airports Council International.
Last year “underscored the resilience of the air transport business and resulted in over five billion passengers for the first time ever,’’ its director general, Angela Gibbons, said.
The council said world passenger traffic rose 6.3 percent in 2010 and cargo traffic jumped 15.2 percent. Heathrow and Las Vegas were the only airports among the world’s 30 largest where traffic decreased.
North America saw modest 2.4 percent growth.