Europe’s Airports suffer underwhelming summer

By Charlotte Turner |

Overall passenger traffic at European airports in the month of August reported growth of just +2.2%, whilst aircraft movements decreased by -1.3%. The news compounds last month’s disappointing traffic growth of just 1.1%.


ACI Europe says “the latest traffic figures for Europe’s airports released today provide more evidence of an underwhelming summer season for the air transport sector.


“The image of a ‘two speed Europe’ in traffic terms continues, with the disparity particularly evident in the August traffic figures,” adds ACI.


Passenger traffic growth at EU airports recorded a result of +0.3% while non-EU airport passenger traffic saw an average +10.5% increase in passengers, gaining over 4 percentage points on the July average.



Airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year (Group 1), airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers (Group 2), airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3) and airports welcoming less than 5 million passengers per year (Group 4) reported for August 2012 an average increase of +2.5%, +2.3%, +2.8% and +0.9% respectively when compared with August 2011.


In terms of the year-to-date passenger traffic results at European airports, comparison with the same period in 2011 reveals an average increase of +2.5%, +2.5%, +2.3% and +1.5% respectively, across the four traffic groups.


Airports that experienced the highest increase in passenger traffic per group, when comparing August 2012 with August 2011, include:


GROUP 1 airports – Istanbul IST (+26.0%), Moscow DME (+7.1%), Barcelona (+6.9%), Frankfurt (+4.6%) and Antalya (+3.8%)


GROUP 2 airports – Istanbul SAW (+17.8%), Moscow SVO (+15.4%), Berlin TXL (+12.7%), Nice (+11.0%) and Geneva (+8.7%)


GROUP 3 airports – Bucharest OTP (+54.9%), Marseille (+24.1%), Charleroi (+19.2%), Ankara (+18.3%) and Izmir (+16.3%)


GROUP 4 airports – Arad (+12,847.1%), Vatry (+115.2%), Zadar (+35.8%), Sandefjord (+32.3%) and Montchiari (+29.5%)


The ‘ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report – August 2012’ includes 167 airports in total. These airports represent over 88% of European passenger traffic.

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