Europe witnesses soaring air passenger figures

Published on : Saturday, August 12, 2017

airplane-business-classThe airports in Europe witnessed soaring air passenger numbers marking a 9% rise year on year in the initial six months of 2017.


ACI-Europe that is the airports group of this continent said that such a massive growth in air traveller numbers is actually the best half-year performance in over a decade since it had seen passenger numbers growing by nearly 30% since the year 2012.


But then, the association has warned of a ‘looming capacity crunch’.


It went ahead to add that Brexit continues to perturb the regional tourism industry of Europe, despite the positive numbers in terms of air passengers. It suggested that if there are no signs of progress in the following months, the airline industry of Europe is likely to bear testimony to the negative impacts of aviation the next year.


In the first half of 2017, the European airports have registered a growth of 9.9% as against 8.7% in the European markets outside the European Union.


Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Portugal, Malta and Cyprus all witnessed double-digit growth.


But then, the busiest airports also continued to grow. London Heathrow had reported 3.9% more air travellers year on year in the six months up to June 2017. A growth of 8.7% was recorded by Amsterdam Schiphol while Paris Charles de Gaulle saw 5.2% growth and Frankfurt 4.5%.


Out of the five largest airports, only Istanbul Ataturk witnessed a decline of nearly 1.1%.


Much greater growth was observed by secondary hubs and medium-sized airports.


St. Petersburg saw a growth of 26%, Kiev a growth of 29%, Warsaw 25%, Brussels 23%, Lisbon 22%, Prague 21%, Naples 20.0%, Porto and Faro (18% both), Birmingham 16% and Milan-Malpensa 15%. These growth statistics portray traffic in all the airlines, low cost and full service as well as scheduled and charter flights.


ACI-Europe has said that the growth can be attributed to the presence of a combination of structural and one-off factors.


The director general of ACI-Europe, Olivier Jankovec said that the current growth in the European airline passengers reflects the best ever first half-year performance in over 10 years and marks a significant growth.


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