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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands (AMS), saw a 0.2% decrease in traffic last year to 39.5 million passengers compared with 39.6 million in 2000. Prior to Sept. 11 the airport enjoyed an annual growth rate of 4%. The Schiphol Group, the independent company that operates the facility, credits two factors in the airport's growth: The introduction of high-speed train service to Brussels and Paris and the opening of the airport's World Trade Center. Airport officials do not expect air traffic to recover fully this year but continue to invest in construction of a fifth runway and improvements to baggage facilities. Schiphol's 89 gates plus 76 stands accommodate some 75 airlines, including largest tenant KLM.

Barcelona Airport, Spain (BCN), continues in a growth mode, reporting a 4.7% increase in traffic to 20.7 million passengers in 2001. Airport management has an ambitious plan to action designed to increase that figure to 40 million by 2005. Among the elements are a third runway a new southern terminal area, new road and rail access and extension of the airport's commercial area. Barcelona also will expand baggage and parking facilities to accommodate projected increases in passengers. Although cargo decreased 7.8% to 81,882 tonnes last year, BCN plans to add an airfreight center. The 91 gates and stands serve some 55 airlines including largest tenant Iberia.

Brussels Airport, Belgium (BRU), saw a 9% drop in traffic to 19.6 million passengers in 2001. In addition to the events of Sept. 11, the airport felt the impact of the failure of Sabena and City Bird, which accounted for almost all of its transfer traffic. The decline has continued into 2002, with January showing a 15% fall in passengers compared to the previous year. While passenger traffic suffered, Brussels saw a fairly dramatic 17.8% increase in cargo to 687,385 tonnes. Some 143 airlines use the airport's 48 gates and 66 remote stands and it continues to plan for terminal renovation and runway expansion projects.

Copenhagen Airport Denmark (CPH), saw traffic tip 1.6% to 18.1 million passengers in 2001. Takeoff's and landings decreased by 4.9% while cargo dropped 9.6% to 379,037 tonnes. Copenhagen currently is working on plans for a five-story north of the terminal and is scheduled to open a 200-room in 2004. In June it opened a 2,700-sq.-m shopping mall called The Atrium. The airport has purchased a nearly tract of land that may be used to develop distribution and cargo terminals. SAS, the dominant carrier, shares the 52 gates and 55 stands with 59 other airlines.

Dublin Airport, Ireland (DUB), served 14.3 million passengers in 2001, a 3.5% increase over the previous year. Airport officials are forecasting a rise to 20 million passengers by 2006. …

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