EU airports outperform non-EU airports for six straight months

4 June 2015 (Last Updated June 4th, 2015 18:30)

Latest traffic figures from the European unit of Airports Council International (ACI) have revealed that the European Union (EU) airports reported more passenger traffic compared to their non-EU counterparts in the month of April.

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Latest traffic figures from the European unit of Airports Council International (ACI) have revealed that the European Union (EU) airports reported more passenger traffic compared to their non-EU counterparts in the month of April.

The ACI Europe Airport Traffic Report - April 2015 noted that while EU airports saw a 3.9% growth, the non-EU ones grew by around 1%.

The report included around 206 airports that represent more than 88% of the European air passenger traffic. The agency covers around 460 airports across 45 European countries.

"As a result, 42% of Europe's airports reported decreases in passenger traffic, up from 23% in March."

According to the report, EU airports have been experiencing a positive trend for the past six months.

ACI-Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said: "Passenger traffic growth slowed in April compared to previous months with non-EU markets especially affected by the weakness of the Russian economy and the strikes of French air traffic controllers also taking a toll on EU traffic.

"As a result, 42% of Europe's airports reported decreases in passenger traffic, up from 23% in March."

While aircraft movements demonstrated an upward trend with a 2.4% increase, freight traffic across Europe, which usually records good growth, saw only 0.8% growth.

Economic growth in the Eurozone and the ECB's stimulus programme are expected to have a positive impact on the region's economy and, in turn, on passenger traffic, the agency said.

"Airlines have added more capacity for this summer season compared to last year and barring a dramatic twist in debt negotiations with Greece, the coming months should see continued passenger growth - and hopefully some improvement in freight figures," Jankovec added.


Image: Airports Council International - Europe covers around 460 airports across 45 European countries. Photo: courtesy of Ra Boe / Wikipedia.