Report shows passenger traffic at European airports rose 9% in first half of 2017


Airport trade body ACI Europe has released a new report that shows passenger traffic at European airports increased by an average of 9% during the first half of this year.

The air transport report covers all types of civil aviation passenger aircraft, including full-service, low-cost and charter routes.

The significant rise in passenger volume during the period resulted from a mix of one-off and structural factors, according to the report.

ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said: “For Europe’s airports, this is by far the best first half-year traffic performance in more than ten years.

"For Europe’s airports, this is by far the best first half-year traffic performance in more than ten years."

“And this comes on top of significant growth - passenger volumes have expanded by close to 30% since 2012.”

The factors cited by the report include the recovery of markets affected by terrorism, the return of passenger demand in Russia and Turkey, continued economic improvement, and oil prices being consistently below $55 per barrel.

During the first six months of the year, both EU and non-EU aviation markets registered similar growth levels in passenger numbers, posting a rise of 8.7% and 9.9% respectively.

During the period, cargo traffic increased by 8.7%, demonstrating improved economic conditions both in Europe and worldwide.

Aircraft movements registered a growth of 3.7%, with airlines adding enhanced capacity to the market.

In June 2017, average passenger traffic growth was reported to be 10.1%, while freight traffic and flight movements showed an increase of 8.8% and 4.6%, respectively.