Non-EU airports continue to lead European passenger growth in Q3

EUROPE. Passenger traffic at Europe’s airports climbed by +3.2% year-on-year in Q3 2013, ACI Europe reported today.

At EU airports passenger traffic increased by +1.8% while non-EU airports led by Turkey, Russia, Iceland and Norway reported dynamic growth of +8.8%.

ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovec said: “European passenger traffic is getting more surefooted, thanks to the improving performance at EU airports which started at the end of the winter. However, the recovery remains quite soft, and generally contrasted between Southern Europe and the rest of the continent. Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus continue to lose passengers, although at a slower pace. As for freight, volumes have also improved, but they still remain below 2010 levels.”

Comparing Q3 2013 with the same period in 2012, 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 an average increase of +2.6%, +3.9%, +2.6% and +4.2% respectively.

Comparing the month of September with September 2012, reveals the following average increases across the same 4 traffic groups for airports: +2.6%, +3.6%, +2.6% and +4.1% respectively.

The airports that experienced the highest increase in passenger traffic per group, when comparing September 2013 with September 2012, include:

Group 1 airports – Moscow Domodedovo (+10.6%), Antalya (+8.2%), Istanbul Atatürk (+8.0%), Moscow Sheremetyevo (+5.9%) and Paris Orly (+4.7%)

Group 2 airports РIstanbul Sabiha G̦kcen (+32.1%), St Petersburg (+9.9%), Stockholm Arlanda (+7.1%), Berlin Tegel (+6.4%) and Helsinki (+5.7%)

Group 3 airports – Warsaw (+24.9%), Ankara (+16.4%), Alicante (+9.7%), Bergen (+8.6%) and Porto (+8.1%)

Group 4 airports – Bucharest (+78.5%), Arad (+58.2%), Rome Ciampino (+41.4%), Chita (+30.3%) and Skopje (+25.6%)

The ACI Europe Airport Traffic Report – September & Q3 2013 includes 173 airports in total. These airports represent over 88% of European passenger traffic, said ACI.

A breakdown of country by country performance in Europe in September
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