EUROPE. Passenger traffic across Europe grew +7.1% year-on-year in November.

Airports Council International (ACI) Europe reported continued strong momentum in the EU market (+8.0% growth) and an improving performance in the non-EU sector (+3.9%).


In the EU, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Romania all posted double-digit growth. Several airports in these countries recorded strong performances, including Sofia (+48.9%), Warsaw (+31.5%), Bucharest (+21.1%), Larnaca (+26.1%), Malta (+23.1%) and Lisbon (+21.1%).

Growth in the non-EU bloc was attributed to more sustained growth in Russia and a still negative but improving performance in Turkey. Iceland and Israel also made strong contributions, ACI Europe said. The best performances in non-EU countries included Keflavik (+57.8%), Odessa (+29.6%), Rostov (+33.6%), Tel Aviv (+20.6%), Novosibirsk (+20.5%), Ekaterinburg (+20.3%) and Moscow Sheremetyevo (+14.7%).

The association said an increasing part of the growth in passenger traffic was generated by secondary hubs and regional airports, “reflecting the continued expansion of low cost airline models and the development of new and diversified air connectivity patterns”.

Among the top five European hubs, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol continued to show the best passenger traffic performance (+8.7%), while Frankfurt and Paris Charles de Gaulle improved their figures compared to previous months (+4.9% and +4.5% respectively). London Heathrow posted +2.5% growth. Istanbul Atatürk continued to suffer traffic decline (-5.7%) due to the political situation and terrorist threat in Turkey, ACI Europe said.

During November, airports welcoming over 25 million passengers per year (Group 1); between 10 and 25 million passengers (Group 2); between 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3); and less than 5 million passengers per year (Group 4) reported average adjustments of +4.4%, +8.8%, +9.6% and +10.2%.

The airports which reported the highest increases in passenger traffic during November 2016 (compared with November 2015) are as follows:

Group 1: Moscow Sheremetyevo (+14.7%), Paris Orly (+10.0%), Barcelona (+9.2%), Dublin (+9.1%), Amsterdam (+8.7%)

Group 2: Warsaw Chopin (+31.5%), Lisbon (+21.1%), Malaga (+20.8%), Tel Aviv (+20.6%) and Alicante (+19.8%)

Group 3: Larnaca (+26.1%), Porto (+23.7%), Faro (+23.2%), Bucharest Henri Coandă (+21.1%) and Valencia (+18.4%)

Group 4: Grenoble (+1,638.5%), Bucharest Aurel Vlaicu (+742.9%), Oradea (+231.3%), Mikonos (+127.2%) and Iasi (+99.4%)