European airports reported a 2.3% rise in passenger traffic during the first six months (H1) of 2012, according to the latest ACI Europe report.
However, during the January to June 2012 period, airport traffic witnessed a "persistent decline" in traffic growth.
Despite airports in the region reporting traffic growth during June due to European football championship, it could not counter the downward trend in traffic, the ECI report revealed.
European airports reported 3.4% in the overall freight traffic while aircraft movements dropped 1.6% during the period,
Passenger traffic growth at EU airports reported 1.3% growth, while traffic growth at non-EU airports surged 9.1% during the first half, compared to the same period in 2011.
ACI EUROPE director general Olivier Jankovec said: "The results for the first half of the year again reflect the fundamental economic weaknesses being experienced."
European airports with passenger handling capacity of over 25 million per year (group 1), including Istanbul IST, Frankfurt, Barcelona, London LGW and Paris CDG, collectively reported a 2.8% rise in passenger traffic during H1.
Airports with a passenger handling capacity of ten to 25 million (group 2), such as Moscow SVO, Berlin TXL, Istanbul SAW, Nice and Vienna, reported a 2.9% increase during the period.
Passenger traffic at airports that can handled between five million and ten million a year (group 3), which include Bucharest, Warsaw WAW, Kiev KBP, Marseille and Toulouse, saw a collective rise of 2.4%.
The airports serving passenger traffic of less than 5 million each year (group 4), including Arad , Vatry, Ohrid, Paphos and Zadar, reported a traffic increase of 1.8% during January to June 2012 in comparison to the same period in 2011.
Group1, Group 2, Group 3 and Group 4 European airports have reported an increase of 3%, 2.9%, 3.7% and 1.5% respectively during June 2012.
During June, the overall passenger traffic across all the European airports rose 2.9%, freight traffic reported a 0.8% rise, while aircraft movements have declined 0.1%, when compared to the same month in 2011.
"While the traffic results for June are showing some improvement, one swallow does not a summer make," Jankovec said.
"Some airports received a much-needed boost from the European football championship, but the wider industry context remains grim."
Image: In the Group 1 airport category, Istanbul Ataturk Airport International airport reported a 25.2% rise in passenger traffic during first half of 2012. Photo: courtesy of Plenumchamber.