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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the sixth busiest airport in the world, just ahead of Beijing, according to 2011 preliminary rankings released by Airports Council International. The ranking is based on the number of takeoffs and landings last year.

That s up from the seventh busiest in 2010. There were 539,842 takeoffs and landings at Charlotte Douglas in 2011 -- a two percent increase from 2010.

According to the report, Charlotte Douglas remains the 11th busiest airport in the country in terms of passengers and 25th busiest in the world.

Worldwide, Atlanta s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport remained the busiest, followed by Chicago s O Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver International and Los Angeles International airports.

Airport officials said much of the growth was due to added flights from the carriers flying to and from Charlotte. US Airways operates about 600 of the airport s 670 or so daily flights.

The Charlotte Observer contributed to this story.

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