Air traffic grows across Europe in October 18’

 Wednesday, December 12, 2018 


Passenger volumes grew by +6.3 per cent in October 2018 at EU airports. Buoyed by Low Cost Carrier expansion, Austria (+18.2 per cent) and Luxembourg (+12.1 per cent) recorded remarkable growth.



European airport trade association ACI Europe traffic report for October 2018 was released.



As compared with the same month in 2017, which average passenger traffic in geographical Europe grew by +6.5 per cent. It was an increase by +5 per cent when compared with the previous month.




Air transport markets of Germany, France, Italy and Spain along with Ireland, Portugal and Finland outperformed the bloc’s average.





Sweden however took a hit on its performance recording a -1.1 per cent decrease in the passenger traffic due to new aviation tax and depreciation of the local currency. The UK, the Netherlands, Denmark and Cyprus significantly underperformed the EU average due to factors including aviation taxes, currency variations, airport capacity limitations and the bankruptcy of Cobalt Air.





Passenger traffic at the top 5 European airports underperformed the European average. These include Paris-CDG (+5.7%), Frankfurt (+5.2%), London-Heathrow, Istanbul-Ataturk (+3.5%) and Amsterdam-Schiphol (+2.5%).




The ACI Europe Airport Traffic Report – October 2018 comprises 244 airports in total representing over 88 per cent of European air passenger traffic. The report includes all types of airline passenger flights to, from and within Europe: full service, low cost, charter and others.




Passenger traffic during October 2018 as compared with October 2017 across all groups are given below.



Group 1: Antalya AYT (+25.9%), Moscow SVO (+13.8%), Madrid (+9.7%), London STN & Barcelona El-Prat (+8.8%) and Dublin (+8.5%)

Group 2: Berlin TXL (+31.9%), Kiev (+24.6%), Moscow VKO (+20.4%), Vienna (+18.2%) and St Petersburg (+15.2%)

Group 3: Seville (+26.5%), Riga (+16.6%), Keflavik (+16.3%), Palermo (+15.2%) and Krakow (+14.3%)

Group 4: Targu-Mures (+96,969.2%), Taranto (+300%), Bourgas (+96.1%), Treviso (+89.2%) and Kutaisi (+77.8%)




Group 1 includes airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year. Group 2 represents airports welcoming 10 to 25 million passengers per year. Group 3 and Group 4 represent airports welcoming 5 to 10 million passengers and below 5 million passengers respectively.




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