ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME to an end and airport passenger growth is no exception. After five years of robust expansion (2003-07), airports experienced an anemic 0.9% increase in passenger throughput last year compared to 2007 and the outlook for the current year clearly is dismal. Vienna Airport, for example, reported a 12.7% drop in passenger traffic for the first half of 2009 while Brussels Zaventem plunged 11.7%. Passenger throughput at Hong Kong International fell 6% through the first ...

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