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Traffic rises reported by airports across European regions

Gateways from across different European regions are reporting strong passenger traffic growth for August compared to the same month last year.

Bologna Airport broke a new record with 690,195 travellers, an increase of 9% versus the same month in 2013, driven by the use of larger aircraft.

The figure is the highest monthly number in the airport’s history, and growth is up for the first eight months of 2014 by 6.9%, reaching 4.5 million passengers.

Aircraft movements are up 1.6% compared to August 2013, totaling 5,653 movements, and freight decreased by 13.2% to 1,590 tonnes, and after the first eight months of the year, movements have been steady and reached 41,176 with a decrease of 0.2%.

The summer of 2014 was also busier than ever before at Copenhagen Airport in Denmark, where 2.44 million passengers travelled through the airport in August.

This was about 160,000 more than in August 2013, and an increase of 7%, while for the summer 7.5 million passengers have been handled, a record for the period.

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Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airports, explains: “With another passenger record in August, we can look back on the busiest summer in the history of the airport with more than 7.5 million travellers.

“That was 500,000 more than last year. We also saw the number of transfer passengers’ increase during the summer period. This is interesting as people usually prefer direct flights for their summer holidays.”

Over in Russia at Novosibirsk International Airport, traffic for the first eight months in the year grew by 9.9% on the same time in 2013 to 2.59 million.

In August 2014, monthly passenger traffic increased by 9.4% compared to the same month of the previous year and made up 448,877 passengers.

In January-August 2014, it saw 14,245 aircraft movements, up 8.5%, while cargo and mail traffic reached 18,656 tonnes.

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