Passenger traffic at European airports register 7% increase

6 October 2014 (Last Updated October 6th, 2014 18:30)

A report released by airport trade body ACI Europe has revealed that European airports recorded a 7% increase in passenger traffic in August.

A report released by airport trade body ACI Europe has revealed that European airports recorded a 7% increase in passenger traffic in August.

This is the only report that includes the full range of civil aviation passenger flights, such as network, low-cost, charter and others.

The number of passengers travelling through EU airports also saw a rise of 6.6%. At non-EU airports comprising ACI Europe members, including Iceland, Israel, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey, the passenger traffic saw a rise of approximately 8.2%.

The report also stated that the freight traffic, which is an indicator of economic performance, saw a sharp rise of 3.3%. There was also a 3.4% growth in aircraft movements which indicates an increase in airline capacity.

"August saw a remarkable surge in air traffic at Europe's airports, further outperforming wider economic conditions."

Speaking about the report, ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said: "August saw a remarkable surge in air traffic at Europe's airports, further outperforming wider economic conditions.

"A key factor has been airlines adding more capacity, as evidenced by the increase in aircraft movements, which on a monthly basis was the strongest since 2011. Most of it was driven by low-cost carriers, which are reinforcing their presence in primary markets, occasionally at the expense of secondary and smaller regional airports.

"EU airports generally fared extremely well, while non-EU airport traffic was affected by geopolitical conditions with a slump in passenger traffic at Ukrainian airports and, to a lesser extent, in Israel.

"It is worth noting that the increase in freight traffic is entirely due to EU airports, as it was completely flat at non-EU airports, mainly due to a sharp decrease at Russian airports as a result of the EU sanctions imposed on Russia."