Passenger traffic at airports in the European Union (EU) declined 1.3% in November 2012, marking the second month of recession after an identical 1.3% drop in October 2012, according to a new report from Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.
Despite the drop in passenger numbers within the EU, the overall European passenger traffic during the period rose 0.6% upon the inclusion of non-EU airports, which reported an 8.2% rise in traffic.
The ACI Europe Airport Traffic Report - November 2012 revealed that the overall freight traffic among European airports, including both EU and non-EU, declined 0.5%, following poor freight figures in the past 18 months.
European airports experienced a 3.6% decline in aircraft movements, with airlines showing reluctance to boost capacity ahead of the winter season, ACI said.
Passenger traffic at European airports with passenger handling capacity of over 25 million per year (group 1), including Istanbul IST, Moscow DME, Antalya, London LGW and London LHR, collectively reported a 1% rise in traffic during November 2012.
European airports that can handle between ten and 25 million passengers (group 2), including Moscow SVO, Nice, Geneva, Manchester and Berlin TXL, reported a 2.2% rise in traffic over November 2011.
Airports serving passenger traffic between five and 10 million passengers (Group 3), such as Bucharest, Faro, St Petersburg, Toulouse and Charleroi, reported a 0.5% decline in traffic during November.
Passenger traffic at airports that handle less than 5 million passengers each year (group 4), including Arad, Bournemouth, Chita, Vilnius and Keflavik, declined 2.6% during the period.
Image: During November 2012, London Heathrow Airport (LHR) reported a 3.1% rise in passenger traffic over the corresponding month in 2011.