The increased number of large aircraft expected to be in service in the next decade or two will also require more airport resources. For example, the Hong Kong Airport Authority has proposed building a third runway. If this new runway is approved, and it is expected to be approved, Hong Kong will join airports in China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai and more places that are growing rapidly to meet demand.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects that China and the United Arab Emirates, who respectively have 49 million and 51 million internatioanl passengers each year, will continue to grow very rapidly in air travel -- the growth forecast is more than 10 percent each year at least through 2014.
IATA pojects that the Chinese domestic market will increase by 180 million passengers during that short time period, making it the second-largest domestic passenger market in the world with 379 million passengers each year. The U.S. domestic market, which is #1, is projected to have 670 million passengers by 2014.
And Dubai Airports predicted that Dubai International will be the busiest international passenger airport in the world as soon as 2015; passenger traffic is expected to exceed 75 million each year.
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