Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 reported (13-Nov-2012) passenger numbers through its airports increased 13.2% year-on-year to 2.2 million in Oct-2012. Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini Airport reported the highest growth of 10.9% to 767,824 passengers while Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery Airport passenger numbers increased 9.7% to 788,705 during the month. [more – original PR – Spanish]
Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 reports 13% pax increase in Oct-2012
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