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Traffic soars at Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Glasgow and London airports

ACI Europe called it on Monday, it has been a good start to 2017 for Europe’s gateways and passenger numbers continued to rise across a host of airports in April.

Frankfurt Airport recorded its first monthly double digit growth figures for over five years when 5.4 million passengers (+10%) passed through the gateway.

It notes that the upturn was helped by the timing of the Easter holidays in April this year, which in particular boosted traffic demand to leisure destinations in Southern Europe and  North Africa.  
In Denmark, Copenhagan Airport set a new April record when 2.4 million (+5.6%) used its facilities, intercontinental traffic soaring by 17% largely due to the big Easter getaway for Danes.

"The growth of 17.1% in long-haul intercontinental trips indicates, among other things, that more Danes are choosing to travel long haul even during slightly shorter holidays like Easter,” enthuses Copenhagen Airport's CEO, Thomas Woldbye.

“Much of the growth is being generated by newer routes such as SAS's routes to Miami and Boston and Norwegian's seasonal route to Oakland near San Francisco."

In total, 263,696 passengers flew out of and into Copenhagen in April on one of the 36 direct intercontinental routes.

"The long-haul routes are strengthening Copenhagen Airport's position as a hub for air traffic in Northern Europe. This year to date, intercontinental traffic has grown overall by 7.1%," says Woldbye.
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In the UK, London Stansted set a new monthly record for April welcoming over 2.1 million passengers, up 11% on the same period a year ago.

The gateway said the record monthly total was boosted by the first full month of airlines’ summer schedules and a number of new route launches, average load factor of 89.7% and the later Easter holidays.

The international markets reporting strong passenger growth compared to April last year include the Canary Islands, Cyprus and France plus destinations in both Turkey and Denmark.

Glasgow Airport also reported its busiest April on record after more than 786,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month, representing an increase of 8.9% on the same period last year.

An 18% increase in international traffic ensured Glasgow Airport was also able to record its 50th consecutive month of growth.
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There was strong demand for the airport’s growing list of European destinations including Ryanair’s new services to Valencia, Lisbon and the Lithuanian city of Palanga.

And London Luton Airport followed suit, announcing a 16% upturn in passenger throughput last month when 1.3 million passengers passed through its facilities.

Having enjoyed over three years of continuous growth, LLA is currently making its biggest ever investment to meet soaring passenger demand and grow the airport’s capacity by 50% to 18 million in the next three years.
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Last week a major milestone was reached with the opening of a new dual carriageway access road making it quicker and easier to reach the terminal. It followed the construction of a 1,700 space multi-storey car park and re-designed bus interchange.

Nick Barton, CEO of LLA, said: “The Easter getaway always makes for a busy period at the airport but this year saw record passenger demand. 

"Customers are now starting to see the benefits of our investment, as we transform every area of the airport experience, both in the terminal and off-site through improved transport connections.”


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