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Europe’s airports report passenger traffic growth of 8.7% in August

ACI Europe has released its airport traffic report for August, reporting that during the month passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew by 8.7%, marking the best August performance so far this century.

The rise was slightly less than in July (9.6%) but still broadly in line with the trend of previous months.

The easing in passenger traffic growth compared to the previous month was attributed mainly to slower, but still impressive, growth at non-EU airports, which reported volumes increasing by 14.2% (17.5% in July). EU passenger traffic growth mostly maintained its pace with an increase of 7.2% (7.6% in July).

Olivier Jankovec, director general ACI EUROPE commented “August confirmed the return of sustained passenger traffic growth in both Russia and Turkey. The good news is that this is not about traffic shifting back at the expense of other markets in Western and Southern Europe. EU airports continue to report very dynamic growth – at a level that is impressive for such a mature market.”

He added “While the macroeconomic environment remains the best in years, we are probably going to see some further softening of passenger traffic growth in the coming months. The woes of Ryanair are already taking their toll and the impact of the bankruptcies of Alitalia, Air Berlin and Monarch has yet to unfold. It is doubtful that the full extent of the capacity offered by these airlines will remain in the market.”

Passenger traffic growth at the top five European hubs, Istanbul-Atatürk, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris CDG, Frankfurt and London Heathrow, also slowed slightly in August with an increase of 5.5%, compared to 6.3% in July.

The airports with less than five million passengers per year that saw the highest growth of passenger traffic were Grenoble in France (+ 4,586.7%), Kaunas KUN in Lithuania (+ 230.7%), Bucharest BBU in Romania (+ 218.5%), Nis INI in Serbia (+ 155.3%) and Craiova CRA in Romania (+ 141.1%).

The report includes 254 airports in total representing more than 88% of European air passenger traffic.

Image: Grenoble Alpes Isère airport

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