European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE this morning released its comprehensive report of airport traffic performance during the month of October. The report - which encompasses all scheduled air traffic at Europe’s airports, including networks carriers, low cost carriers, charter and others - reveals a continued improvement in traffic performance reflecting better economic sentiment across Europe.
Overall passenger traffic at European airports in the month of October reported strong growth of +4.6%. The overall freight traffic also increased by +4.6%, however aircraft movements (an indicator of airline capacity) at European airports produced a near-flat result of +0.2% compared with the same month last year.
Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI EUROPE commented “While the jury is still out as to whether the Eurozone is slowly on the mend or stuck in stagnation, passenger traffic in the EU has improved markedly in October, growing at +2.8%. This is due to an unusual combination of positives across the continent. Airports in Portugal, France, Ireland and the UK are catching up with the dynamic growth of Scandinavia while smaller markets like Lithuania, Malta, Luxembourg and Slovenia are performing very strongly. Meanwhile, airports in Greece are back to - still modest - growth and the Spanish market appears to be bottoming out.”
He added “These are all encouraging signals, but they need to be treated with caution. Passenger traffic was rather disappointing in other major markets – including Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Romania - and airlines have yet to grow their capacity. The improvement in freight traffic is real, but we are still below 2010 volumes.”
This brings the Year-to-Date results (January to October) in at +2.7% in passenger traffic growth (+0.7% at EU airports and +10.2% at non-EU ones), while freight is at +0.8% and aircraft movements are still down -1.5%, when compared with the same period in 2012.
In terms of traffic categories, comparing October with October in 2012, 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 increase of +4.1%, +5.2%, +4.0% and +5.4% respectively.
The airports that experienced the highest increase in passenger traffic per group, when comparing October 2013 with October 2012, include:
GROUP 1 airports – Antalya (+20.2%), Moscow SVO (+13.9%), Istanbul IST (+9.1%), Paris ORY (+8.8%) and Moscow DME (+6.4%)
GROUP 2 airports – Istanbul SAW (+38.9%), St Petersburg (+14.3%), Stockholm ARN (+7.7%), Berlin TXL (+7.1%) and Manchester (+6.9%)
GROUP 3 airports – Ankara (+21.3%), Warsaw WAW (+14.2%), Alicante (+11.5%), Porto (+11.1%) and Izmir (+10.4%)
GROUP 4 airports – Vatry (+39.1%), Skopje (+37.6%), Chita (+34.3%), Vilnius (+29.4%) and Volgograd (+29.2%)
The 'ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report for October includes 176 airports in total. These airports represent over 88% of European passenger traffic.
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