Paris airports traffic up 5.7% in 2011, hits record
Passenger traffic at Paris's main airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, grew 5.7 percent last year to hit a record 88.1 million, the firm managing the airports said on Monday.
Aeroports de Paris (ADP) said in a statement that in December traffic at the two airports had risen 9.2 percent to 6.9 million passengers.
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The annual growth was higher than expectations of between 4.5 and 5.0 percent, ADP chief Pierre Graff said.
"2011 was also a record year for Paris-Charles de Gaulle with 61 million passengers," he said.
The airports saw a rise of 8.4 percent in traffic within Europe last year, which represented 32.8 percent of all traffic, ADP said.
Traffic was also up for areas outside Europe except for the Middle East, which saw a 6.5 percent drop, and Africa, which fell 2.9 percent.
by Jean-Luc Renaudie © 2012 AFP