Dublin was among the top growing major airports as European passenger traffic returned its “best August performance so far this century,” according to the latest ACI Europe figures.
However it said the “woes of Ryanair” were already taking their toll on overall European traffic growth.
August traffic at Europe’s airports grew by 8.7% – slightly less than July’s 9.6%, but still broadly in line with the dynamic trend of the previous months.
ACI Europe said the easing in passenger growth in August was mainly attributable to slower, but still impressive, growth at non-EU airports.
It said Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian and Belarussian airports continued to make significant gains, along with airports in Israel, Georgia and Iceland.
Meanwhile, EU airports maintained an almost consistent 7.2% growth, compared to a July rate of 7.6%.
Said ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovec: “August confirmed the return of sustained passenger traffic growth in both Russia and Turkey.”
“The good news is that this is not about traffic shifting back at the expense of other markets in Western and Southern Europe. EU airports continue to report very dynamic growth – at a level that is impressive for such a mature market.”
He added “While the macroeconomic environment remains the best in years, we are probably going to see some further softening of passenger traffic growth in the coming months.”
“The woes of Ryanair are already taking their toll and the impact of the bankruptcies of Alitalia, Air Berlin and Monarch has yet to unfold. It is doubtful that the full extent of the capacity offered by these airlines will remain in the market.”
Freight traffic growth across the European network remained consistent with the previous month, coming in at 10.9%.
Among the major European airports, the highest August growth was seen at Moscow SVO (+19.6%), Istanbul IST (+10.6%), Manchester (+7.9%), Oslo (+7.1%) and Dublin (+6.6%).
Among Europe’s Group 2 airports, the highest August growth was seen at Antalya (+55.3%), Ankara (+30.7%), Warsaw WAW (23.9%), St Petersburg (+21.2%) and Prague (+17.5%).
To view the ACI Europe Air Traffic Report infographic, click here.
11th October 2017