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Any Idea How United Figures This One?

Sat Jul 17, 2004 12:35 pm

In the current issue of Hemispheres, I noticed an article about United's hub at Washington Dulles and the improvements that they are performing. However, one passage caught my attention:

"Facilities improvements at Washington Dulles mean that customers passing through United's international gateway will have an easier time traversing the seventh-busiest airport in the world"

Now I am the biggest fan of United and a loyal customer, but I was really amused by this and was trying to figure out how United figured that Dulles was the 7th busiest in the world. Any guesses anyone...humerous or serious?
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Any Idea How United Figures This One?

Sat Jul 17, 2004 2:48 pm

Since we here in the states tend to consider ourselves as constituting the whole world, IAD could be 7th busiest in the U.S. after ATL, JFK, LAX, ORD, DFW, and DEN.  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: Any Idea How United Figures This One?

Sat Jul 17, 2004 2:52 pm

Maybe you are looking to much into this topic. 7th busiest international airport, not 7th busiest for UAL. IAD Has many, many international flights, many foreign carriers, maybe that is what they are talking about?

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RE: Any Idea How United Figures This One?

Sat Jul 17, 2004 3:43 pm

Dulles had 17,000,000 passengers in 2003, 4,000,000 of which were international passengers. No way it's the 7th busiest airport or 7th busiest international airport.

I think someone writing copy misunderstood Dulles' status as United's 7th busiest hub in the world. Or, it could be a typo.
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RE: Any Idea How United Figures This One?

Sat Jul 17, 2004 3:44 pm

I can see where IAD might be the seventh busiest airport in the US but not in the world. How about LHR, CDG, FCO, F R A, and NRT to name but a few?
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RE: Any Idea How United Figures This One?

Sat Jul 17, 2004 3:45 pm

That is odd. According to Airports Council International Washington-Dulles was the 59th busiest in the world in 2002 (not sure about 2003).

It reminds me of a Canadian show I saw on Discovery Wings called Aerospace. They claimed that Vancouver was one of the 10 busiest airports in the world. ACI shows that they were 68th in 2002.
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RE: Any Idea How United Figures This One?

Sun Jul 18, 2004 6:59 am

In the current Air Transport World it lists the World's Top 50 Airports according to Airports Council International (data is preliminary). IAD is not in the top 50 for passengers. IAD is number 37 by number of aircraft movements.

Here is the Top 10
by passengers
1. Atlanta
2. Chicago O'Hare
3. London Heathrow
4. Tokyo Haneda
5. Los Angeles
6. Dallas/Ft. Worth
7. Frankfurt
8. Paris Charles De Gaulle
9. Amsterdam
10. Denver

by aircraft movements
1. Chicago O'Hare
2. Atlanta
3. Dallas/Ft. Worth
4. Los Angeles
5. Phoenix
6. Paris Charles De Gaulle
7. Minneapolis/St.Paul
8. Cincinnati
9. Las Vegas
10. Denver

Passenger numbers are based on arriving + departing passengers + direct transit passengers counted once.

Movements are based on landing + takeoff of an aircraft.
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