- Passenger numbers: 5.0 million, +0.2% year-on-year;
- Domestic: 4.4 million, -1.0%;
- International: 623,736, +9.8%;
- Cargo volume: 64,085 tonnes, +10.9%;
- Domestic: 53,665, +6.8%;
- International: 10,420, +37.9%.
Tokyo Haneda Airport pax stable, cargo up 11% for Feb-2012
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