European air traffic shows downward trend in May

5 July 2012 (Last Updated July 5th, 2012 04:35)

Passenger traffic at European airports continued its downward trend in May, following further pressure from the Eurozone crisis, according to the latest ACI Europe report.

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Passenger traffic at European airports continued its downward trend in May, following further pressure from the Eurozone crisis, according to the latest ACI Europe report.

ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report - May 2012 revealed that passenger traffic at European airports increased by just 1% in May 2012 when compared with May 2011.

When compared to the same month in 2011, passenger traffic within the EU declined 0.3% during May, in contrast to the 6.6% rise across non-EU airports.

European airports with a handling capacity of over 25 million passengers a year (group 1), including Istanbul IST, Barcelona, London LGW, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, collectively reported a 0.8% rise in passenger traffic in May.

Airports with a capacity of ten million to 25 million passengers (group 2), such as Moscow SVO, Nice Cote d'Azur, Geneva, Istanbul SAW and Oslo, reported a 0.3% increase.

"When compared to the same month in 2011, passenger traffic within the EU declined 0.3% during May, in contrast to the 6.6% rise across non-EU airports."

Passenger traffic at airports that can handled between five million and ten million a year (group 3), which include Bucharest, Marseille, Venice, Warsaw and Charleroi, saw a collective rise of 2.9%.

The airports serving less than 5 million passengers each year (group 4), including Vatry, Paphos, Sandefjord, Haugesund and Lille, reported an average traffic increase of 0.4% in May.

During the initial five months of 2012, all airports listed under the four groups reported respective increases of 2.8%, 2.9%, 2.0% and 1.9% when compared with the same period in 2011.

The report features 171 airports, which represent more than 88% of passenger traffic in Europe.


Image: Passenger traffic at Istanbul Atatürk International Airport (IST) increased 19.8% during May 2012. Photo: courtesy of Ercan Karakas.