European airport trade association ACI Europe says in May the average passenger traffic in geographical Europe grew by 6.1 per cent compared with the same month last year – a slight deceleration compared to quarter one (Q1) of 7.6 per cent.
The non-EU market continued to lead the growth dynamic, with passenger traffic up by eight per cent (+12.5 per cent in Q1), the association also reports in its monthly traffic report.
While gains were especially strong at airports in Georgia (+27 per cent), Iceland (+26.5 per cent), Montenegro (+22.2 per cent), Ukraine (+20.7 per cent), FYROM (+16.1 per cent) Albania (+14.1 per cent) and Israel (+12.5 per cent), the pace of growth was more moderate in Russia (+8.6 per cent) and Turkey (+7.5 per cent).
ACI Europe says the EU market saw passenger traffic increase by +5.5 per cent (+6.2 per cent in Q1) – with ATC & airline strikes, the lasting impact of the bankruptcies of Air Berlin & Monarch as well as weather disruptions limiting growth.
As in previous months, airports in the Eastern and Southern parts of the bloc along with Finland and Luxembourg significantly outperformed this average.
Passenger traffic at the majors (top 5 European airports) grew by three per cent, on the back of a rather contrasted performance. While Frankfurt came on top, with an impressive +9.5 per cent increase, Istanbul-Atatürk registered the lowest performance at -0.3 per cent. Meanwhile, passenger traffic grew by +3.1 per cent at London-Heathrow, +3 per cent at Amsterdam-Schiphol and +2.1 per cent at Paris-CDG.
The ACI Europe Airport Traffic Report – May 2018 includes 229 airports in total representing more than 88 per cent of European air passenger traffic.