Passenger traffic at European airports increased by 4.3% during May 2013 compared to the corresponding month in 2012, according to the latest report from Airports Council International (ACI).
During the month, several EU airports witnessed improved traffic performance, reporting an average rise of 2.8%, while non-EU airports reported an average passenger traffic rise of 10.7% compared to 2012.
However, freight traffic and aircraft movements at European airports both reported drops of 1.2% during the month.
European airports with passenger handling capacities of more than 25 million per year (Group 1), including Istanbul IST, Moscow SVO, Antalya, Moscow DME and Paris ORY, collectively reported a 4.8% rise in passenger traffic during May when compared to the corresponding period in 2012.
Airports with passenger handling capacities of between ten and 25 million (Group 2), including Manchester, Berlin TXL, London STN, Lisbon and Dublin, reported a 4.2% rise during the period.
Passenger traffic at airports with a capacity of between five million to ten million passengers per year (Group 3), including Ankara, Faro, Larnaca, Alicante and Ibiza, reported collective growth of 4.5% in May over same month last year.
European airports handling passenger traffic of less than 5 million every year (group 4), such as Arad, Clermont-Ferrand, Figari, Zadar and Liege, reported a traffic rise of 2.1% in May 2013, up from 2012.
ACI assessed 173 airports in the continent, which represent about 88% of European air passenger traffic.
ACI earlier in its report in June said that Europe could face a severe capacity crunch, despite slower traffic growth prospects over the next 20 years, which could cost the continent about €230bn in lost GDP by 2035.
Image: Passenger traffic at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul rose 18.4% during May 2013.