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Passenger numbers take off at Swiss airports

The number of people travelling through Geneva International Airport is set to reach record levels this year.

On Tuesday, the airport reported an increase in passenger traffic of 12 per cent to 6.64 million people for the first six months of 2011 compared with 2010 figures.

If the trend continues, the airport will report a record number of passengers in 2011.

The increase results from a nine per cent rise in aircraft movements to 97,800 in the six months from January to June.

Zurich airport, the country’s busiest, had nearly 11.5 million passengers passing through in the first half of 2011, nine per cent up on the same period last year.

However, the airport pointed out that the figures had to be seen in context: a large number of cancellations caused by the Icelandic volcanic eruption in 2010 had brought last year's numbers down. and agencies

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