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Traffic and transport

Despite the palpable effects of the economic crisis, especially during the first half of 2013, growth recovered across Europe during the final quarter. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol benefited from this development, further strengthening its position in the process. Passenger numbers increased by 3% to a total of over 52.6 million. The airport maintained its position as Europe's fourth-largest passenger airport. The early signs of economic recovery are reflected in cargo transport volumes. Whereas 2012 was still marked by a slight decline, 2013 saw volumes rise by 3.2% to a total of over 1.5 million tonnes. The quality of our network of destinations improved following the addition of several new destinations; however, this development was offset by the termination of a few intercontinental destinations. Our cargo network was also further strengthened in 2013, with the addition of new connections in China.