Passenger traffic at European airports grew by 1.8% compared with the corresponding quarter in 2011, according to the latest report by Airports Council International (ACI).
Freight traffic at European airports declined by 1.3% during the period while aircraft movements decreased by 1.3%.
During the quarter, passenger traffic at non-EU airports increased 8.7%, back on better performance at airports in Russia, Turkey, Moldova and Iceland.
ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said despite the promise of the peak summer months, EU airports reported a flat result of +0.1% in Q3 for passenger traffic.
"A closer look reveals a wide disparity between national markets – ranging from a double-digit decrease in Greece to double growth in Estonia and Lithuania," Jankovec said.
"Still, out of the 12 national markets registering negative figures in Q3, ten are in the EU."
During September month, passenger traffic rose by 1.9%, freight volume declined 0.4% while aircraft movements fell 2.2%.
Airports with passenger handling capacity of more than 25m per year (Group 1), including Istanbul IST, Moscow DME, Antalya, Barcelona and London LGW reported a 2.3% increase in passenger traffic during September.
Passenger traffic at airports with a capacity of 5m to 10m passengers per year (Group 3) which includes Bucharest OTP, St Petersburg, Marseille, Izmir and Ankara (Group 3) airports have reported 2.2% increase.
In September, European airports handling passenger traffic of less than 5m per year (Group-4), including Arad, Vatry, Ohrid, Zadar and Paphos reported a combined increase of 0.2%.
During the third quarter between July to Sept, Group-1, Group-2, Group-3 and Group-4 airports have reported aa respective increase of 1.8%, 1.9%, 2.5% and 0.8% compared to the traffic handled during the same period in 2011.
Image: Among Group 1 airports Istanbul IST reported a highest growth in passenger traffic of 19.7% during the month.