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South Africa's newest airport receives 5 mln passengers in 2011

(Xinhua)

14:01, February 21, 2012

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's newest airport, the King Shaka International Airport in Durban, succeeded in receiving 5 million passengers in 2011, local media reported on Monday.

The airport's capacity grew by 4 percent over the previous year, well above the average increase of 1.4 percent of the South Africa' s airports service, the media said.

The increase in passengers was driven by the introduction of a low-cost carrier and the famous United Nations conference on climate change, the media quoted the airport's spokesman as saying.

King Shaka International Airport was opened in May, 2010, just over a month before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. It owns the world-level facility and can accommodate the world's largest passenger airliner of the Airbus A-380.

The International Air Transport Association said both premium and economy markets for air travel in African countries proved resilient last year, expanding at or near double-digit rates.

According to the 2010 statistics, the King Shaka International Airport is the ninth busiest airport in Africa.

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