French airport operator Aeroports de Paris (ADP) reported a 0.9% growth in passenger traffic to 7.3 million at its airports during March, compared to the corresponding period in 2013.
Passenger traffic at ADP’s Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport remained stable at 5 million, while Paris-Orly airport witnessed growth of 2.8% to 2.3 million.
ADP’s international traffic, excluding Europe, increased by 0.5%, while figures the French Overseas Territories went up by 5.5%, North America 1.6%, Latin America 1.6% and the Middle East 0.9%.
European traffic, excluding France, rose by 1.1%, while within France it was 1.2% higher.
ADP also reported a 5.9% rise in connecting passengers, meaning the group’s connecting rate was 25.8%.
During the initial three months of this year, growth was 3.6%, with a total of 20.1 million passengers, while the number of connecting passengers was up by 3.4%.
Aircraft movements at ADP-operated airports dropped 1.1% in March to 57,033, and 2% to 159,864 since the start of the year.
Meanwhile, passenger traffic at TAV Airports, in which ADP owns 38%, rose by 10.5% in March and by 15.6% during January to March.
The March figures for passenger traffic at ADP were mostly due to the half-term holiday dates for schools in the Paris area, which started from 15 February to 3 March, as opposed to 2 to 18 March in 2013, according to the company.
Image: Aeroports de Paris witnessed a moderate increase in March passenger traffic. Photo: courtesy of Fyodor Borisov.