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Hub airports still more attractive, as Beijing's growth slows, affected by the economy and HSR

Airports Council International (ACI) has provisionally released its annual list of the world’s busiest airports for 2011. While there is equal representation from the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific throughout (and specifically in the top 10) the 2011 the list is notable for the way Beijing Airport has retained its second position behind Atlanta, but growth slowed there in 2011.

Meanwhile the US' southern hub managed a small growth margin of its own that was equivalent to a small airport’s entire annual throughput, to maintain a 15 million passenger cushion over Beijing, where economic factors and high-speed rail (HSR) came into play. But sadly for the US, that country's airports will not have similar levels of competition from HSR to China's.

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