Growth in the EU it reported a “robust” rise of 6.6% year-on-year, but traveller traffic at non-EU airports in Europe (including Iceland, Israel, Norway, Russia, Switzerland & Turkey), still had the edge it says, reporting a surge of 8.2% over the same period.
Airports reporting traffic increases in August included Moscow Domodedovo (13.2%), Barcelona-El Prat Airport (8.7%), Athens International Airport (22.8%), Brussels Airport (18.7%), Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport (16.4%), Naples International Airport (16.2%), and Chambery Airport (99.%).
Meanwhile, freight traffic saw growth of 3.3%, while aircraft movements that ACI Europe says is an indication of airline capacity – grew by 3.4%.
Olivier Jankovec, director general, ACI Europe, comments: “August saw a remarkable surge in air traffic at Europe’s airports, further outperforming wider economic conditions.
“A key factor has been airlines adding more capacity, as evidenced by the increase in aircraft movements, which on a monthly basis was the strongest since 2011.
“Most if was driven by low-cost carriers, which are reinforcing their presence in primary markets – occasionally at the expense of secondary and smaller regional airports.
“EU airports generally fared extremely well, while non-EU airport traffic was affected by geopolitical conditions with a slump in passenger traffic at Ukrainian airports and, to a lesser extent in Israel.
“It is worth noting that the increase in freight traffic is entirely due to EU airports, as it was completely flat at non-EU airports – mainly due to a sharp decrease at Russian airports as a result of the EU sanctions imposed on Russia.
Jankovec also added a note of caution, however: “With the Eurozone stalled in its economic recovery and no end in sight for the current geopolitical tensions, there are serious doubts as to the ability of European air traffic to keep defying economic gravity in the coming months.”