World airport passenger traffic grew 6.6% over the first half of the year, helped by the booming North American market, where numbers grew by more than 7%. Atlanta Hartsfield, boosted by the Georgia city's hosting of the Olympic Games in the summer, was the fastest- growing of all the major airports, and appears to be close to knocking Chicago O'Hare from the top spot if the rise continues. European airports showed growth of 6.2%, according to the figures from trade association Airports Council International.


Source: Flight International