Brussels, 8 August 2019. European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE, today released its air traffic report for June, Q2 & H1, measuring all types of civil aviation passenger flights: full service, low cost and charter.
The report reveals that passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew by +4.3% during the first half of this year – a significantly slower rate than last year (+6.7%). Meanwhile, freight traffic dropped by -3.5% over the same period (+3.3% in H1 2018). Overall, aircraft movements increased by +2.4% (+3.5% in H1 2018).
EU AIRPORTS PASSENGER TRAFFIC IN THE LEAD AT +4.7%
The EU market maintained steady growth during H1, with passenger traffic performance holding steady between 4.5% to 5% on a month-by-month basis over the period.
Airports in Austria (+20%), Croatia (+10.5%) and Estonia (+10.5%) posted double-digit growth in H1, with those on Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Latvia, Poland, Hungary and Romania also growing well above the EU average. Conversely, Bulgaria (-2.5%) and Sweden (-4.1%) reported passenger traffic declining while growth was flat in neighbouring Denmark (+0.3%). Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the UK significantly underperformed the EU average – with the latter further slowing down in June (+0.9%).
H1 TOP 5s
During H1, airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year (Group 1), airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers (Group 2), airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3) and airports welcoming less than 5 million passengers per year (Group 4) reported an average adjustment +3.9%, +6.1%, +4.2% and +1.9%.
The airports that reported the highest increases in passenger traffic are as follows:
GROUP 1: Vienna ( +23.9%), Moscow SVO ( +14.1%), Antalya AYT ( +13.4%), Paris CDG ( +7.2%) and Madrid & Lisbon ( +6.6%)
GROUP 2: Berlin TXL (+ 25.2%), Kyiv-Boryspil KBP ( +20.1%), Moscow VKO ( +13.8%), Dusseldorf ( +10.4%) and St Petersburg ( +10.3%)
GROUP 3: Seville ( +21.4%), Krakow ( +19.3%), Nantes ( +18.3%), Bari ( +13%) and Valencia ( +12.3%)
GROUP 4: Ohrid ( +62.9%), Zadar ( +37.6%), Batumi ( +30%), Newquay ( +29.4%) and Bucharest (+ 28.6%)
The ' ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report – June, Q2 & H1 2019’ includes 242 airports in total representing more than 88% of European air passenger traffic.
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