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Asian Problems Hit Air Traffic

June 29, 1998

GENEVA (AP) _ The number of passengers using airports in Asia in March fell 10 percent from a year ago, the sixth consecutive month of reduced traffic because of the region’s economic fallout.

The Airports Council International said Monday that some 36.1 million air travelers used airports in the Asia/Pacific region during the month. Cargo tonnage passing through the region’s airports also was down, dropping 2 percent from a year ago.

During the month, passenger numbers grew the most in Latin America and the Caribbean, by 12 percent. In Europe, growth was 5 percent, in the Middle East 4 percent and in the United States and Canada, 1 percent. In Africa, passenger traffic fell by 6 percent.

Cargo handled rose in Africa by 10 percent, in the Middle East by 9 percent and in Europe and North America by 5 percent each.

It grew by 2 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Atlanta’s airport handled the most passengers in March, followed by Chicago and London’s Heathrow.

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