A new Airport Council International (ACI) Europe air traffic report has revealed that passenger traffic at Europe’s airports increased by 9% for the third quarter of the year.
However, the rise in passenger volumes during Q3 is slightly less than the 10.6% growth recorded in the second quarter of the year.
In Q3, the rise resulted primarily from the traffic flow in the non-European Union (EU) market, where passenger numbers grew by 15% compared to the same period last year.
The significant growth is driven by the complete recovery from the downturn for most Turkish airports in 2016, along with the considerable growth at many airports across Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Iceland.
EU airports maintained their strong rise in passenger traffic at 7.4%.
During the third quarter, Europe’s top five busiest airports, Istanbul Atatürk, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris CDG, Frankfurt, and London Heathrow, posted a total growth of 5.8%.
ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said: “We are now experiencing a synchronised air traffic growth dynamic in the EU and non-EU markets.
“This is propelling airports across Europe towards record traffic results, with EU airports in particular having expanded passenger traffic by more than 20% over the past three years.
“That growth also puts a lot of pressure on airport facilities and staff, with operational efficiency and quality becoming a daily challenge for many airports.”
In terms of cargo volumes, the European airport network remained consistent with the previous quarter, registering a 9.5% growth.
Aircraft movements reported an increase of 4.4% in Q3 this year.