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UPDATED: Airport passenger numbers for 2012

UPDATED (JAN 22): Follow the latest airport passenger number updates for 2012 with our live traffic blog. Recently added: Miami, Edmonton, HIAL (Scotland).

January 22

Miami International Airport

39.5 million passengers came through the airport last year, up more than 1.1 million passengers form 2011. The number of international passengers grew 5.2% to 19.4 million. The number of domestic passengers grew by 1% to 20.1 million. More than 2.1 million tonnes of cargo also passed through the airport.

Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport had its busiest year ever in 2012. The number of overall passengers served at the airport grew last year by 6.4%, or 400,000 people, to 6.68 million. The previous record was set at 6.5 million in 2008.

January 18

HIAL (Scotland)

HIAL recorded a rise in overall passenger numbers last year. Its 11 regional airports handled nearly 1.3 million passengers in 2012 – an increase of 3.1% on the previous year.


Sydney Airport served a record 36.9 million passengers in 2012, a 3.6% increase on the previous year. Melbourne Airport’s passenger numbers exceeded 29 million, a 5% increase on 2011. Brisbane Airport also saw a record 21.5 million passengers pass through its terminals, up 4.5%.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Schiphol welcomed 51 million passengers in 2012, a rise of 2.6% and a new record for the airport. Freight saw a 3% decrease, bringing the total to 1.5 million tonnes. The airport is expecting a small increase in the number of passengers and “a slight shrinkage in freight” in 2013.

January 17

Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport consolidated its traffic in 2012, handling just under 8.5 million passengers, a rise of 0.2% on the previous year. Following five years of strong growth – figures rose 8.4% in 2007 and 5.7% in 2011 – passenger traffic is now levelling out at the airport. The 0.2% rise means Lyon remains the third largest French airport in terms of passengers, after Paris Charles de Gaulle and Nice.

January 15

Cork Airport

Passenger numbers through Cork Airport in December were up 5% on 2011, the airport’s strongest performance in 2012. Ryanair’s new Polish routes drove a 20% growth on European services. The airport’s passenger traffic for the full year stood at 2.34 million, down around 1% on 2011.

Chopin Airport

Chopin Airport enjoyed its best year to date in 2012, with more than 9.5 million passengers handled. Despite a 3.3% year-on-year fall in December 2012 and less than 602,000 travellers served, the airport’s overall figures for 2012 show a 2.7% increase on 2011 and a 1.3% growth on the airport’s previous all-time high in 2008.

Moscow Domodedovo Airport

Moscow Domodedovo Airport handled 28.2 million passengers in 2012, a 9.6% increase on the previous year and a new record for the airport.

Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport passenger numbers dipped 6.3% in December to four million, however the airport still achieved a new traffic record for 2012. The gateway handled 57.5 million passengers last year, up 1.9% on 2011.

January 14

Oslo Airport

In 2012, 22.1 million passengers travelled via Oslo Airport. This is 4.6% or 980,000 more than in 2011 and is the highest number of passengers ever to travel through Oslo Airport.

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport welcomed a total of 56.5 million passengers in 2012, an increase of 4.7%. Cargo also rebound over the past five months, meaning the total cargo handled for the whole year rose 2.2% to four million tonnes.

Munich Airport

Munich Airport handled 38.4 million passengers in 2012 – a new annual record for the airport. The 2% increase represented the first time the airport had handled more than 38 million.

Schönefeld and Tegel Airport

Schönefeld and Tegel Airport welcomed a total of 25,261,192 passengers in 2012, 5.1% more than in the previous year. Schönefeld recorded 7,097,274 passengers (-0.2%) while Tegel handled 18,163,918 passengers (+7.4%).

January 11

Edinburgh Airport

A total of 9.2 million passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport in 2012, 190,000 fewer than the previous year. Edinburgh said it had “lost some momentum” as a result of BAA selling the airport last April. Figures showed more than 580,000 passengers travelled through the airport last month – a drop of 1.8% on December 2011.

ANA Airports (Portugal)

Passenger traffic at ANA Airports showed growth of 1.9% (an additional 539,000 passengers). The low-cost sector grew by 4.9% (451,600 passengers). Traffic grew at Lisbon (+3.5%), Faro (+1%) and Francisco Sá Carneiro, Porto (+0.8%). Traffic was down, however, at Azores (-5.9%) and Beja (-13.9%).

Liege Airport

Passenger traffic showed a slight decrease of 1.85% with 303,495 passengers using the airport in 2012, compared with 309,222 passengers in 2011.

Avinor (Norway)

More than 46 million passengers travelled through Avinor’s airports in 2012, two million more than in 2011 and a new record. For December 2012, traffic to and from Avinor's largest airport, Oslo Airport Gardermoen, increased by 1.7%. Among the major airports, growth was greatest at Stavanger Airport Sola in 2012. Passenger figures there increased by a total of 7%. 

Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport enjoyed its busiest year since 2009 with almost 7.2 million passengers travelling through the airport in 2012, representing an annual increase of 4.2%.

Copenhagen Airport 

Copenhagen Airport set a new record of 23,336,187 passengers in 2012, in spite of a number of airline bankruptcies during the year. Passenger numbers rose by a total of 2.7% year-on-year. International traffic was up 5.3% and was the main growth driver.

January 10

Marseille-Provence Airport

Marseille-Provence Airport handled 8.3 million passengers in 2012, a rise of one million travellers. The 12.7% traffic increase was the biggest for a major French airport and the fourth highest among the 80 leading European airports.

London Gatwick

Passenger numbers at London Gatwick rose 1.7% in 2012 to 34.2 million. December saw a modest year-on-year rise of 0.2%. This was in spite of school holidays starting two days later for the Christmas period and industrial disputes in Greece and Germany, which affected more than 10 airports.

Dublin Airport

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport increased by 2% last year to 19.1 million, the second consecutive year of traffic growth at Ireland’s main international gateway. The growth in passenger numbers was underpinned by a major expansion in long-haul traffic, which was up 16%, while short-haul traffic at Dublin Airport increased by 1% during the year.

January 9

Toulouse-Blagnac Airport

The Toulouse-Blagnac Airport set a new traffic record in 2012, with more than 7.5 million passengers visiting the airport – an 8.2% rise on the previous year.

Hamburg Airport

In 2012, 13.7 million passengers passed through Hamburg Airport. This is around 140,000 passengers – or 1.0 percent – more than in 2011. Despite the slight increase in passenger volume, the number of aircraft movements decreased by 3.3 percent to 152,890. 

January 8

St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport

St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) has reported a 4% increase in airport traffic in 2012, handling 865,942 passengers. Domestic traffic was up 3% and while international traffic increased 29%.


Swedavia saw a 3% rise in passenger numbers in 2012, compared to the previous year. More than 32 million travellers passed through its 11 airports last year – nearly one million more than the previous record set in 2011. However, passenger numbers dipped 5% in December to 2.3 million. 

January 3

Shanghai Airport Authority

Passenger numbers for Pudong Airport and Hongqiao Airport rose 5.56% year-on-year to 78.70 million in 2012. The figure has tripled in 10 years. Cargo increased to 3.38 million tonnes. Shanghai Airport Authority said it expects to handle 100 million passengers and 5.50 million tonnes of cargo in 2015.

January 2

Nice Côte d'Azur Airport

Nice Côte d'Azur Airport handled more than 11 million passengers in 2012. The airport reached the milestone on December 24. After passenger numbers grew 8.5% in 2011, the airport saw 7.4% growth in 2012, despite successive strikes and adverse weather conditions early in the year.

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