The overall passenger traffic at European airports grew by 3.9% in August 2013 over August 2012, according to a traffic performance report released by the airport trade body ACI Europe.

Passenger traffic grew by 2.4% at EU airports primarily due to significant growth in Poland, the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and Finland, Portugal, Slovenia, Lithuania, Croatia and Malta. However, passenger traffic declined at airports in Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus.

Non-EU airports registered a significant growth of 9.3%, led by Turkey, Russia, Montenegro, FYROM and Serbia.

At European airports, the overall freight traffic growth was flat at 0.0%, while aircraft movements were also flat at 0.2%.

"Passenger traffic grew by 2.4% at EU airports."

From January to August, there was a 2.1% increase in passenger traffic growth, freight declined by 0.7% and aircraft movements decreased by 2.1%, compared to January to August 2012.

From August 2012 to August 2013, airports with more than 25 million passengers per year (Group 1), airports with 10 to 25 million passengers (Group 2), airports with 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3) and airports with less than 5 million passengers per year (Group 4) witnessed an increases of 4.1%, 3.7%, 3.3% and 6.1% respectively.

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The airports that experienced the highest increase in passenger traffic when comparing August 2013 with August 2012 areIstanbul IST, Moscow DME, Moscow SVO, London LHR, and Paris ORY from Group 1; St Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm ARN, Dublin and Manchester from Group 2; Warsaw WAW, Ankara, Izmir, Alicante and Bergen airports from Group 3; and Arad, Bucharest BBU, Clermont-Ferrand, Sarajevo and Kazan from Group 4.

The report includes all scheduled air traffic at Europe’s airports, including networks carriers, low cost carriers, charter and others.