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EU and non-EU airports report similar traffic performance

ACI Europe has released its traffic report for November, which found Europe’s airports grew by 5.3% and non-EU gateways rose by 5.4%.

Meanwhile, the European airport trade body also says freight traffic across the European airport network reported growth of 3% while aircraft movements were up 1.7%.

The airports reporting significant increases in passenger traffic included Istanbul-Atatürk (+12.8%), London Gatwick (+5.7%), Athens International Airport (+27.5%), London Stansted (+25.8%), Lisbon Airport (+14.3%), and Santorini (+69%).

Olivier Jankovec, director general of ACI Europe, says: “November figures confirm the trends observed since the summer, with passenger traffic now growing at the same pace at both EU and non-EU airports.

“Traffic at EU airports continues to significantly outperform economic growth with Greece, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ireland, Romania, Portugal and Croatia all posting double-digit passenger growth figures - mainly driven by low-cost airline traffic.”

He adds: “Meanwhile, non-EU airports are now seeing a traffic slowdown at Russian airports as well as on-going traffic losses in Ukraine and to a lesser extent in Israel.

“Passenger traffic at airports in Moldova, Serbia, Iceland and Turkey keeps growing dynamically – with Istanbul-Atatürk Airport becoming for the fourth time, the third busiest European airport behind London Heathrow and Paris-Charles de Gaulle.”

The ACI Europe Airport Traffic Report for November includes 207 airports in total representing approximately more than 88% of European air passenger traffic.

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