Venezuela's Caracas Simon Bolivar International Airport handled (03-Jan-2013) a record 12 million passengers in 2013, a 12% year-on-year increase, as confirmed by Venezuela's Ministry of Water and Air Transport. Of these, 7.2 million were domestic passengers. The airport also broke daily passenger records on nine occasions from Aug-2013 to Dec-2013, which now stands at 45,195 passengers set on 13-Dec-2013. [more - original PR - Spanish]
Caracas Airport handles record 12m pax in 2013, sets new daily pax record nine times in 2013
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