ACI Europe releases November traffic figures for EU airports

11 January 2015 (Last Updated January 11th, 2015 18:30)

Passenger traffic at EU airports in November 2014 grew by more than 5.3%, according to figures from the latest traffic report released by European airport trade body, ACI Europe.

Passenger traffic at EU airports in November 2014 grew by more than 5.3%, according to figures from the latest traffic report released by European airport trade body, ACI Europe.

The 'ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report - November 2014' includes 207 airports in total, representing approximately more than 88% of European air passenger traffic.

The report says that while passenger growth at airports in the EU recorded more than 5.3% growth year-on-year, passenger traffic at non-EU airports, including Iceland, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey, grew by a near identical 5.4%.

The report has divided traffic at airports, which reported the highest increases in passenger traffic, into groups.

"November figures confirm the trends observed since the summer, with passenger traffic now growing at the same pace at both EU and non-EU airports."

These include Group 1: Istanbul Atatürk (+12.8%), Rome Fiumicino (+10.6%), Madrid (+9.3%), London Gatwick (+5.7%), Moscow Domodedovo and Amsterdam (+5.4%).

Group 2 include Athens (+27.5%), London Stansted (+25.8%), Brussels (+18.2%), Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen (+15.4%) and Lisbon (+14.3%) while Group 3 has Heraklion at (+14.4%), Izmir (+13.5%), Berlin (+13.2%), Milan Linate (+12.7%) and Porto (+12.4%).

Group 4 include Santorini (+69.0%), Chania (+67.0%), Kefallinia (+58.5%), Chisinau (+43.9%) and Bourgas (+41.5%).

Besides passenger traffic, freight traffic across the European airport network also reported growth of 3.0% while aircraft movements were up 1.7%.

Commenting on the results, ACI EUROPE director general Olivier Jankovec said: "November figures confirm the trends observed since the summer, with passenger traffic now growing at the same pace at both EU and non-EU airports.

"Traffic at EU airports continues to significantly outperform economic growth with Greece, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ireland, Romania, Portugal and Croatia all posting double digit passenger growth figures, mainly driven by low-cost airline traffic.

"Meanwhile, non-EU airports are now seeing a traffic slowdown at Russian airports as well as on-going traffic losses in Ukraine and to a lesser extent in Israel. Passenger traffic at airports in Moldova, Serbia, Iceland and Turkey keeps growing dynamically, with Istanbul Atatürk airport becoming for the fourth time, the third busiest European airport behind London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle."

Overall during November, all the airports across groups reported an average adjustment of 5.0%, 7.6%, 3.0% and 5.0%, respectively.