EUROPE. The continuing weak performance of EU airports was the principal reason behind a -0.2% dip in passenger traffic at Europe’s airports in February. That’s according to ACI Europe, which reported the figures today.

EU airports posted an average decrease of -2.8% in the month, compared to February 2012, while passenger traffic at non-EU airports reported an average +10.4% growth. Aircraft movements for the whole of Europe reported a decrease of -5.4%, while freight plunged back into negative territory, down by -6.5%.

It should be noted that traffic results from February 2012 benefited from the extra “˜leap year’ day. If the reported figures are adjusted to take into account the leap year distortion, the key figures for February would see overall European passenger growth of +3.3%, with the EU reporting +0.7% and non-EU reporting +14.3%.

How the February results compare to previous years

Airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year (Group 1), airports welcoming between 10 and 25million 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 of +1.2%, -1.0%, +1.6% and -5.1% respectively when compared with February 2012.

Airports that experienced the highest increases in passenger traffic per group, when comparing February 2013 with February 2012 were:

Group 1 Airports – Istanbul Atatürk (+26.5%), Moscow Domodedovo (+16.6%), Moscow Sheremetyevo (+9.4%), Antalya (+3.1%) and London Heathrow (+1.0%)

Group 2 Airports РIstanbul Sabiha G̦kcen (+17.7%), St Petersburg (+11.3%), Nice (+8.1%), Berlin Tegel (+5.1%) and Geneva (+2.9%)

Group 3 Airports – Bucharest (+53.5%), Izmir (+18.2%), Budapest (+15.7%), Ankara (+15.3%) and Warsaw (+13.4%)

Group 4 Airports – Varna (+24,489.6%), Arad (+176.1%), Chita (+57.2%), Vilnius (+32.4%) and Podgorica (+23.8%).

The ACI Europe Airport Traffic Report – February 2013 includes 170 airports in total representing approximately 88% of European air passenger traffic.

Country by country breakdown of the February traffic results from ACI