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JFK AIRPORT IS FIRST IN PASSENGER GROWTH

John F. Kennedy International Airport saw the most growth in passengers over the last year among the nation's 25 busiest airports.

Citing Federal Aviation Administration figures, the Daily News reported Kennedy, the nation's 12th busiest airport, grew by 8 percent in 2003, surpassing Los Angeles Airport, which lost 3 percent, and O'Hare Airport in Chicago, which gained 4 percent.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and collaborators have spent $9.4 billion to upgrade the terminals at Kennedy and built new roadway systems and parking garages. The most recent major improvement was last year's addition of the $1.9 billion AirTrain.

The Port Authority board of commissioners has also approved $179 million for maintenance and preparation for new airplanes.

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