Shanghai Pudong International Airport expects traffic this year to reach last year's levels despite Sars, building on last month's historical volume growth. The city's airport handled 2.83 million passengers last month, with the year-to-date figure reaching 19.51 million, down 4.5 per cent year on year. Aircraft movements in the first 10 months grew almost 5.3 per cent to 195,117 take-offs and landings. 'We are very optimistic about the recovery this year. Passenger traffic will probably reach last year's level,' an airport spokeswoman said. The facility handled 24.7 million passengers last year. Capturing the robust export in the Yangtze River Delta, freight business remains the bright spot for Shanghai's airport, with cargo throughput reaching 1.3 million tonnes from January to October, up a comparative 22 per cent. 'Freight volume in the first 10 months has already exceeded the total throughput of last year,' the spokeswoman said. Beijing Capital International Airport is also on track for recovery, with passenger numbers growing 4.5 per cent to 2.86 million last month. Domestic traffic last month rose a comparative 10.7 per cent to 2.21 million but international traffic was still 12 per cent behind the same month last year, with numbers coming to 653,431. A Beijing airport spokesperson expects domestic traffic to post double-digit growth this month and next, while international traffic slowly climbs back to normal levels. 'I guess passenger numbers for the year will be about 10 per cent lower compared to last year.'